Monday, July 08, 2013

ENDA still faces some surprising questions, even in post-DOMA, post-DADT era

A Senate committee will meet Wednesday, July 10, 2013 (my own 70th birthday!) to consider ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Tammy Baldwin, Tin Harkin. And Elizabeth Warren are on the committee.  All twelve Democrats and one Republican are cosponsors of the bill.    (When I was young and na├»ve, I placed a lot of faith on the idea of a “committee”.)
Chris Johnson has a story in the Washington Blade this week on the bill, here

There is a concern as to whether a recent Supreme Court ruling on age discrimination (tightening the requirements for enforcement) will affect ENDA, which already has to discount “disparate impact”.

There are also concerns about religious exemptions, which are beginning to look sillier all the time.  People with religious objections to allowing gay employees or members are faced with the disturbing sense that it’s important to force others to ratify their own sense of righteousness for their own faith and their own marriages to work.  

I grew up in this culture, wondering why people's surmisals about what I did in my own life (but couldn't prove) meant so much to them.  That's "way, way back" from our ideas about equality today. 

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