John Boehner Nixes Workplace Protections for LGBT Employees
Boehner confirms what most of us already knew. He runs scared.
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) revealed Monday that he opposes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, quashing hopes for the bill as it secures the votes to pass the Senate.
“The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs,” Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel told TPM in an email.
The statement came just hours before the LGBT rights legislation was expected to clear a key test vote in the Senate. Democrats believe they have 60 votes to break a filibuster and put the bill on a glide-path to passage in the upper chamber. But Boehner’s opposition suggests ENDA is going nowhere in the Republican-led House.
ENDA prohibits businesses from making employment decisions on the basis of a worker’s sexual orientation and gender identity. Social conservatives oppose the bill and Heritage Action, an influential conservative activist group, is whipping lawmakers to block it.
“The legislation would severely undermine civil liberties, increase government interference in the labor market, and trample on religious liberty,” said Heritage Action, announcing it will include the vote in its legislative scorecard. “ENDA would potentially discourage job creation because it would increase government interference in the labor market.
If religious liberty is dependent on trampling on the rights and liberties of others – in this case, gays and lesbians – then it might be time to question the sanctity of such intolerant and hate-filled religions.
Of course, this has little to do with any form of religious liberty. It’s about John Boehner catering to the Republican party’s homophobic base of haters. Whatever half-decent legacy this guy might have had going as a 24 year member of Congress, he’s pretty much destroyed it in his 3 year run as the worst speaker in the most dysfunctional Congress in the history of the country.