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Finally, a bill that would make it illegal to fire someone based on solely on sexual orientation or gender identity passed the Senate. This is huge.

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Kit B (276)
Friday November 8, 2013, 8:48 am
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Please sign this Petition and send a message to House Speaker John Boehner --

Tell Speaker Boehner to call a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Finally, a bill that would make it illegal to fire someone based on solely on sexual orientation or gender identity passed the Senate. This is huge.

In a 64-to-32 vote, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which overcame a filibuster last week, was approved by the Senate.

But this bill can’t become law until it passes the House. Speaker John Boehner has already said he’s against the bill. And it’s going to take an enormous amount of pressure from us to force him to allow a vote.

Tell House Speaker John Boehner: Allow an up-or-down vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Earlier this year a similar situation played out in Congress when the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act and House Republicans tried to block it. But intense public pressure and lobbying – including thousands of calls and hundreds of thousands of petition signatures from CREDO members – finally forced Speaker Boehner to call a vote on the full bill, with all the protections women deserve.

Now we need to do the same with the Employment Non-Discrimination Act by reminding Rep. Boehner and House Republicans of the public consequences of opposing a bill that protects people from discrimination.

Public opinion is strongly behind protection for equal rights in employment, with nearly 75% of Americans polled – and more than 60% of Republicans – responding in favor of such protection.1

Tell House Speaker John Boehner: Allow an up-or-down vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

CREDO does not oppose adding appropriate exemptions for religious institutions in order to pass a bill that could prevent someone from being fired just for being gay. That said, it's important to note that this bill includes religious exemptions that we do not agree with. Specifically, allowing institutions that are affiliated with religious groups, but are not primarily religious in purpose to fire workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity. For example, we don't believe a hospital affiliated with a religious group should be able to terminate a gay groundskeeper. This bill while representing a huge victory is not perfect. Our work to protect all workers from discrimination continues.

And we know it will be extremely difficult to move this bill through the House. Even though it is likely we will fail to pass the bill when it first comes up for a vote in the House, if we can get members of the House on the record as being for or against the Senate bill, we can then start organizing constituents to pressure the representatives who vote no on equality.

Without the leadership of Sen. Jeff Merkley, who has been the legislative champion on this bill since Sen. Ted Kennedy passed away, this bill would not have been brought to the floor and been able to break a filibuster. His stewardship of the bill, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s willingness to bring the bill to the floor, are commendable and deserve our thanks.

But the best way to recognize their leadership is to bring the pressure necessary to get a vote in the House, hold lawmakers accountable for their opposition, and build the support we need to win an up-or-down vote and put this bill on the president’s desk for his signature.

SOURCES: 1.Jeff Krehely, "Polls Show Huge Public Support for Gay and Transgender Workplace Protections," Center for American Progress, June 2, 2011.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 8, 2013, 8:52 am
Signed-thx Kit

Debbie G (306)
Friday November 8, 2013, 8:58 am
Gladly signed. Thanks, Kit.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Friday November 8, 2013, 9:05 am
S&N, Thanks

Ben O (171)
Friday November 8, 2013, 9:26 am

Past Member (0)
Friday November 8, 2013, 9:41 am
Signed & noted. But you know it'll never happen.

Alan Lambert (91)
Friday November 8, 2013, 10:14 am
Signed and Noted

Carrie B (306)
Friday November 8, 2013, 10:30 am
Of course signed! Thanks Kit.

JL A (281)
Friday November 8, 2013, 10:36 am
signed this and others via email--thanks for posting Kit!

Nicole W (646)
Friday November 8, 2013, 1:11 pm
ty dear Kit

Lisa N (206)
Friday November 8, 2013, 1:54 pm
Signed, thanks Kit.

Süheyla C (234)
Friday November 8, 2013, 2:17 pm
noted Thank you Kit

Süheyla C (234)
Friday November 8, 2013, 2:22 pm
Thank you Kit

Athena F (131)
Friday November 8, 2013, 3:10 pm
signed, noted, thanks

Mike M (43)
Friday November 8, 2013, 3:20 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday November 8, 2013, 3:24 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, Kit.
I absolutely support the House bringing this up for a vote, but am wondering if this is a "clean" bill....without pork-filled amendments having nothing to do with this issue.....

Robert B (60)
Friday November 8, 2013, 3:40 pm
Signed. I also agree with Lois Jordan's comment about a "clean bill".

Angelika R (143)
Friday November 8, 2013, 4:37 pm
Thx, signed this and about 6-7 other ENDA petitions already earlier. THIS is what you need to expect from Boehner for the rest of Obama's term..

Vicky P (476)
Friday November 8, 2013, 4:52 pm
noted, signed

Friday November 8, 2013, 5:01 pm
noted signed

Kay M (46)
Friday November 8, 2013, 5:13 pm
Thank you for the article. I was happy to sign the petition, I hope it does some good. The way the republicans have been acting, I do not believe they will let any bill come to the floor or get passed for the rest of Presidnet Obama's term, This should be illegal, and he as Executive in charge of these United States of America should make and executive decision to over ride these jerks, and make them come to the floor and vote one way or the other, either yes or more fillibuster or 60 vote majority anymore, Vote it up or down and let the voters really see who the BAD GUYS ARE....THEY ARE THE REPULSIVE REPTILE TEABAGGER PARTY, and their leaders, KOCH.NORQUIST,DEMINT, and ROVE....

Pat B (356)
Friday November 8, 2013, 5:19 pm
Thanks, Kit for this, signed.!!

Past Member (0)
Friday November 8, 2013, 5:28 pm
Noted and signed ~ Thank you Kit!

Mitchell D (104)
Friday November 8, 2013, 6:37 pm
Noted and signed, but Boehner is a jackass, and would probably sell his grandmother into slavery before allowing a vote on this!

pam w (139)
Friday November 8, 2013, 6:50 pm
Yes....I signed but I think he's SWORN to veto this.

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday November 8, 2013, 8:30 pm
As I said about Lindsey Graham, he graduated university summa cum laude majoring in idiotology. Boehner graduated maxima cum laude, an even higher honour, with a degree in idiotology. If he had any brains, he'd understand that by taking a roll call vote, yes some Republicanus/Teabagger reps might vote 'yea' but not likely enough to pass the bill. Those reps might have a bit better chance of re-election. On the other hand, not allowing a straight up/down vote demonstrates just how out of touch the party is and how fractured it is. If the Republicanus/Teabaggers can't govern themselves in the House, how the hell do they think they could govern the nation?


Katie & Bill D (107)
Friday November 8, 2013, 8:53 pm
Signed * Thank You Kit

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 8:37 am
Already signed this in private email and shared on FB. Noted. Thanks, Kitters.

sylvie C (46)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 10:32 am
Signed, thanks.

Avril Lomas (0)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 11:16 am
Speaker Boehner take ACTION!!.Surely you jest?(apologies to the bard.,I am No Rand Paul)
Speakr Boehner has been sitting on the American Jobs act for three plus years and refuses to bring it to the floor.maybe he is waiting for it to hatch!.
The only place that he acts as a living entity is on is the golf course, (along with the bar stool!.)My message is simple don,t knock your selves out waiting folks ,it is going to be a LOONG Winter.and once again I ask. Who in hell voted for theis loser?.
Signed, OF COURSE.

Hugo L (255)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 11:42 am
Noted & signed, thanks Kit

Birgit W (160)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 2:36 pm

Joe R (190)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 4:03 pm
Thanks Kit. Signed and noted.

Joe R (190)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 4:07 pm
Thanks Kit. Signed and noted.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 9:51 pm
Signed and sent.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 11:50 pm
noted and signed.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 11:58 pm
Petition signed. Thanks Kit

Karen Chestney (112)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 1:37 am
Petition...signed...and forwarded....everywhere !....Thanks.

Diane O (194)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 4:51 am
Quite frankly, there are far more important issues at hand today namely President Obama's blatant lies about the ACA. Millions and millions of Americans have received cancellation notices and have lost their private healthcare plans. The republicans have tried everything to stop the ACA because they knew we would have this train wreck which has devastated the American people.

First of all, this is a lackluster bill. Employers will hire who best fits into their business model. The color of one's skin, gender, ethnicity or sexual preference will never force an employer to hire someone based on that. Look around in your own offices. Employers hire people because of their past work experience, education and their personalities. Employers have the right to create a harmonious team of people who work well together. The government will never be able to enforce/mandate that employers hire someone they simply don't want to hire to be a part of their office staff. The government doesn't pay the salaries for those hired and they have no business dictating WHO should be hired. Reminds me of affirmative action and we all know how that bombed.

Liberals need to get a clue. Private businesses, large and small, will always hire the person they feel best suits their company's needs and their business model. Period. There's no way that will ever change and it can never be enforced by our government.

Perhaps this is why Boehner is sitting on this bill because it is nothing but fluff. Right now he is working on the devastation of the ACA. Seems Boehner is very good are prioritizing where his time needs to be spent. Obama killed the job market by the way. Only 204,000 jobs were added recently and over 750,000 Americans have dropped out of the job market. Why is this bill even important? Americans are losing their private health insurance every day. That's important! The ACA needs to be repealed. The ACA is forcing employers to reduce full time employee's hours to give them part time status and many companies are simply cutting jobs. And the liberals want to focus on job discrimination? Losing your private health insurance spares no gender, ethnicity, gender and the less than 2% of Americans who identify as gays/lesbians and transgender Americans. Ask Obama why he lied to us.

Even Obama can't make employers hire someone who would not be a good hire for their office. Obama doesn't pay their salaries. Employers pay the salaries and provide the benefits. Not the government.

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 7:42 am

Frankly, I could care less what you think. Your "opinions" are known and I'm sure you can find two or three people to agree with you, some where.

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 7:46 am

If one person does not have freedom and equality than none do. Fear of being fired for who you are as a human being must not be allowed. Once the target of these witch hunts were Catholics, Jews or people of color some times just people that had a difficult or different last name, and each was justified by those who think in this limited manner.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 8:00 am
Employers are indeed free to reject candidates who do not meet the job qualifications. I have held quite a few jobs, but I can't remember a single one that depended on a particular sexual orientation.

Diane O (194)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 8:25 am
Fear of being fired for what you are? Are you kidding me? Employers simply won't hire someone who doesn't fit into his/her business model. Many have been down that road and were slapped with a discrimination lawsuit when the real reason the person was fired was because they either weren't doing the job they were being paid to do or they were causing issues in the office among the other workers. It doesn't take long to figure out how to avoid being sued again. Remember the 70's and 80's? Business owners learned a valuable lesson.

In America, we don't ask potential employers their age or their one cares. So why bring that up? That doesn't happen in our country. Although asking someone their religious beliefs could've saved 13 lives at Fort Hood. Political correctness allowed that jihadist to remain in the military. Hope that never happens again.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 8:29 am
So only Christians (preferably evangelicals) should be allowed in the military?

Diane O (194)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 8:52 am
Reading comprehension can be valuable. No one said that only Christians should be allowed in the military. The military doesn't discriminate over one's religious beliefs. Having a terrorist in our military is quite a different story as his co-workers witnessed him practicing his jihadist beliefs in the workplace and did nothing. Our insane political correctness is responsible for 13 innocent people being killed in that situation.

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 8:58 am

What you do not know could fill the Library of Congress. Of course the military is discriminating over religion and forcing soldiers to attend church. Any fool knows that. Oh yeah, that is probably not on Fox news or their many silly blog sites.

Diane O (194)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 9:08 am
JLA said you should show respect for other's opinions. No one forces anyone to attend church. However, 80% of Americans identify as Christians in our country so that would support the fact that there are church goers in our military.

Could you at least provide a credible link which states that the military forces soldiers to attend church? Provide that for me and I'll experience another day of learning something new. I've googled and can't find anything credible to support your comment.


Kit B (276)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 9:17 am

That would depend on what you consider credible.

Winn A (179)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 11:55 am
Signed - This man is a blight on America.

JL A (281)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 12:18 pm
Please do not misquote me or demonstrate a failure to understand my words. Human rights are founded on basic respect of others. When there is such respect, discrimination will not occur not will people fail to take responsibility for their actions or failure to act or try to deflect accountability by pointing the finger at someone else.

This thread is about nondiscrimination and many businesses and employers do pretend their decisions are grounded in something else--if and when that is true, the cases fail but most do not fail and examples of it being strictly because of LGBTQ are sufficiently prevalent for anyone honoring an oath of office in Congress to see it deserves a vote (it did come out of the Senate as a bipartisan measure).

JL A (281)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 3:10 pm
Nyack, thanks for making me think.

I have to agree that every issue any politician anywhere on the political spectrum is calling important right now connects intrinsically with one or more constitutional rights and/or responsibilities--and this is one area of constitutional rights this conservative SCOTUS has ruled recently was not being honored and respected by federal and state governments.

Kit B (276)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 4:08 pm

Thanks Nyack and J L, discrimination for any reason is not to be tolerated. Diane says no one discriminates because of religion when just today I was asked (as were others) to sign a petition against a retailer who proudly speaks of not wanting Jews to shop in their stores. To cap that, Hobby Lobby will not stock any decorations for Hanukkahs. Bad business, you bet but more important it's a declaration of open discrimination. The same party that claims to want smaller government but also takes the initiative of forcing objects into women's bodies and deciding for those women when they can or can not have birth control. The group that claims to be about fiscal caution, just pissed away 24 billion dollars, gained nothing but closed the government on a whiny whim. Those people will say that the government should not interfere with work related issues like minimum wage or job security. They sure don't mind jumping into our bedrooms to tell us when and how to have sex, but consumer and job protections, not on their watch. There is no reasonable or logical argument to defend these irrational ideologies.

Diane O (194)
Monday November 11, 2013, 3:04 am
My point was clear. Discrimination in the workplace cannot be enforced. And, yes, at the moment, there are far more important issues at hand like.....where are the jobs? The fact that millions of Americans have lost their private health insurance IMO is far more important. No dementia....I'm a realist.

JL A (281)
Monday November 11, 2013, 6:39 pm
Discrimination in the workplace is illegal and can and should and must be enforced and enforcement is frequently reported in the media, for anyone who pays attention to related news or bothers to inform themselves.
one example in VA:
Toshiba Faces $100 Million Gender Bias Lawsuit

Source: Jonathan Stempel, Reuters
Date: February 1, 2011

A senior human resources manager at Toshiba Corp has filed a $100 million lawsuit accusing a U.S. unit of the Japanese technology company of gender bias against women in pay and promotions.

No one lost private health insurance deserving of that name--and most found better coverage for less money. An example of what that means is available at:

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 12:35 am
Signed and shared, thanks Kit.

Jim P (3257)
Thursday November 14, 2013, 1:24 pm
Do not feed the TROLL.

Jim P (3257)
Thursday November 14, 2013, 1:29 pm
Petition signed and others similar to it.

Speaker Boehner needs to get to work. After all, he is being paid
$174,000 + a year to work as a congresscriiter.

ty, Kit.

Diane O (194)
Thursday November 14, 2013, 3:02 pm
Discrimination in the workplace may be illegal and I agree that discrimination against anyone should be illegal but again, my point is crystal cannot be enforced. Employers will ONLY hire those people who best represent their companies....period. But, you all know know it cannot be enforced. There are people applying for jobs who cannot put two cohesive sentences together and that spares no gender, color or sexual preference.

Jim, President Obama needs to get to work, pal. I believe the POTUS gets paid over $400,000 a year and look at the train wreck of the ACA! Obama has spent billions of taxpayer dollars....wasted it, in fact, and it was dead on arrival. So, if you really want to talk about someone earning their taxpayer funded salary start with Obama....then go to Biden.....and all the Czars and incompetents. Boehner and the rest of the republicans WARNED everyone that they would lose their private health one listened. Now it has happened.

As I stated, there really ARE more important bills to address other than one that cannot be enforced. It will never be enforced because no one can tell ME or YOU who we MUST hire. It doesn't work that way.
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