by John Dennis
Well, how’s this for a little Halloween spookiness? ENDA (HR 3017 or the Employment Non-Discrimination Act) has been teetering on the verge of the all-important 60 votes necessary to avoid the threat of a filibuster and green light the bill to proceed to final passage. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has stated that he plans to consider the measure on the Senate floor next week. South Dakota’s own Senator Tim Johnson is a sponsor of the bill.
The issue at hand extends far beyond discrimination. This bill will add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as specific categories protected against discrimination in employment law. As a result, it will endanger the First Amendment freedom of religious expression and create a legislation minefield for businesses. The legal quagmire created by this bill is too massive to detail in this article, but I would urge you to take the time to acquaint yourself with this issue and act with haste if you find it to impose on employer’s freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of conscience, and the free market economy. As of Wednesday, all 52 Senate Democrats, the two independents, and four Republicans were expected to support ENDA.
Listed below are links to inform you [further concerning] this flawed piece of legislation.