“The Human Rights Campaign supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act for a very simple reason. It will guarantee millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all 50 states explicit, reliable protections from discrimination in the workplace. We call on our allies in Congress to improve this bill’s overly broad religious exemption. A strong ENDA is worth fighting for because we cannot ignore the urgent need of countless LGBT people who do not have the luxury of waiting for these protections.
(Blah, blah, blah, blah, Alabama, blah, name drop Laverne Cox, blah blah blah.)
“But regardless of whether or not ENDA passes in this session of Congress, it is time for the LGBT movement to throw its weight behind a fully comprehensive LGBT civil rights bill. A bill that, at long last, would bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in all core civil rights categories — including housing, public accommodations, credit, education and, if ENDA fails to pass, in employment. This is a visionary idea that Congresswoman Bella Abzug brought to Congress in 1974. Its time has come.”
We cannot and will not ignore the imperative of this moment. As long as this Congress is in session, we will fight for ENDA — with a narrowed religious exemption — because these workplace protections will change millions of lives for the better. But this movement has a responsibility to also chart a course for the future. The gay man in Alabama who gets kicked out of his apartment because his partner moves in — or the transgender teenager in Arkansas who gets shamed for using the right restroom — is just as deserving of legal equality as the lesbian in Montana who gets fired because of who she is.
In other words, it’s time for full LGBT civil rights to come out of the closet. We all agree that, at the end of the day, full federal equality is the only acceptable option, nothing more, nothing less. The campaign for a strong ENDA continues with more urgency than ever before, but we’ve got to dig in for the fight of our lives. – Human Rights Campaign head
Joe SolmoneseChad Griffin, writing for Buzzfeed.
1. Bella Abzug would smack the shit out of Griffin for invoking her name on a piece of equality legislation with ANY religious exemption.
2. Someone needs to tell Chad “Rosa Parks” Griffin that writing (if she REALLY did write it) that saying “It’s time for full LGBT civil rights to come out of the closet. We all agree that, at the end of the day, full federal equality is the only acceptable option, nothing more, nothing less” and then stating “”we will fight for ENDA — with a narrowed religious exemption” is oxy-MORON- ic.
3. ANY religious exemption that is in ENDA will actually write discrimination into law and sets a precedent for the future that we may never be able to undo. Amd exempting those who abuse the religions excuse will not “help millions” but instead very few.
The real translation of Griffin’s column: We will continue fighting for an ENDA with a religious exemption because we don;t want to piss off our rich, quisling GOP donors who demand one. But we don;t want you to know that. End of story.
Who knew that Chad Griffin would actually be a WORSE leader than Joe Solmonese.