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Passage  of the Employment Non – Discrimination Act (ENDA) is Just One More Reason Why the Democrats Cannot Be In Control of Congress

For Immediate Release. November 8, 2007 On Wednesday, November 7, 2007, the United States (U.S.) House of Representatives approved by a 235 to 184 vote the Employment Non – Discrimination Act (ENDA) which would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

In the Senate, Democrat U.S. Senator of Massachusetts Edward Kennedy has said he would introduce companion legislation.  If the measure passes the Senate where it faces an uphill battle President George W. Bush has pledged to veto it .

If signed into law by the President this would be the first federal law protecting homosexuals against employment discrimination.  The bill makes it illegal for employers to make decisions about hiring, firing, promotions or pay based on sexual orientation.  The military and churches would be exempt to the measure.

ENDA, creates a Constitutional conflict between one's right to religious freedom and one's right to sue that individual for practicing it.  The legislation is a Pandora's box that will result in the discrimination of people of faith because of their religious beliefs.  For example, if a Christian has a Bible on his desk at his workplace, and another coworker is a homosexual  this individual could bring a suit against the employer and employee.  The reason for the suit is that the homosexual employee deems the workplace to be hostile because the Bible contains references to homosexuality being a sin.

The legislation gives special rights to a new protected class of individuals that can claim discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation outside existing Title VII law.  

“The bill would allow attorneys and courts to use the legal system to force people of faith to accept against their religious beliefs the immoral behavior of homosexuals.  And it is just another attempt by the Democrat-led Congress to usurp the Constitution that protects expressing the free exercise of one's religion and forcibly legislates the acceptance of the deviant behavior of homosexuality,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy . 

 To see how your representative voted visit: Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

 For Interviews Contact:

Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
jrutkowski@americanvoiceinstitute.org

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