Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Allow the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which bans firing employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity, to come up for a vote in Congress
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner recently stated that there is “no way” the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) will pass this year. ENDA, which was already passed by the Senate last year, would make it illegal to fire a person based on their sexual orientation or their gender identity.
In the past, Representative Boehner declined to bring the bill to the floor of the House because of worries over “frivolous litigation” that would tie up the courts. These so-called worries serve as an overblown excuse to continue to allow the Republican Party to fight against LGBT equality while veiling it as concern over government efficiency.
It is still currently legal in 29 states to fire a person based on their sexual orientation, and in 33 states people can be fired for their gender identity. While some on the Right claim that it is a part of someone’s religious freedom to have the “right” to fire a person simply because they are gay or transgender, such displays of discrimination should have no place in our society.
The right of a person to work without fear of being fired because of who they are should unquestionably trump the right of another to practice bigotry because of their intolerance. The failure of the Republican Party to embrace the civil rights of the LGBT community is yet another example of their refusal to meet the changing norms of the time. They continue to allow a shrinking base of intolerant voters to dictate their platforms, an inexcusable act when it comes to the civil rights of a minority population.
Sign this petition to urge the John Boehner to bring ENDA to a vote and put a stop to workplace discrimination.
Dear Speaker of the House John Boehner,
You recently reinforced your position against bringing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the floor for a vote. As you well know, the bill was easily passed in the Senate last year, and would likely pass in the House as well. While your opposition is supposedly based on fears of frivolous lawsuits tying up the courts, this is not a sufficient reason to stop bringing a civil rights bill up for a vote.
I am writing to urge you to bring ENDA to a vote and stop it from being held hostage by those in your party’s base who continue to cling to outdated intolerance and bigotry. Please help bring an end to workplace discrimination.
[Your Name Here]
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