The United States Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Thursday which will not allow employers to discriminate against sexual deviants. The bill garnered bi-partisan support, something I've told you in the past is a bad thing.
Ten Republicans joined with every single Senate Democrat in a 64-32 vote.
It seems to me that is some organizations would be eligible for exemption, then all should be, sort of like that Obamacare law.
However, the final bill included an amendment from Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) which claims to ensure that the federal government can't retaliate against religious organizations that are exempted under the legislation by withholding grants, tax exemptions or contracts.
While that is a nice sentiment, religious organizations shouldn't be getting grants or contracts in the first place from the federal government. Mr. Portman should have opposed the entire piece of legislation because it will violate individuals' rights of association and will ultimately violate their First Amendment rights regarding religion. I believe Mr. Portman's son has compromised him on any issue regarding homosexuality and he made that abundantly clear on the issue of allowing homosexuals to redefine marriage.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that he will not bring the bill up for a vote in the House.
Rory Cooper, a spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, said Thursday "The bill is currently not scheduled in the House. I hope Majority Leader Reid soon addresses the dozens of House-passed bills that have been ignored in the Senate that create jobs, improve education and create opportunity while Americans struggle to find a good-paying job."
I'm happy to hear it isn't scheduled, but some of that concerns me even more. No legislation "creates jobs," and the federal government should have no say in "improving education."
The obvious question should be, why can a business not discriminate? Isn't it their business? If they only want Christians to work there, fine. That is their decision. If they only want men there, why can they not make that decision? We discriminate all the time as individuals. That is our choice. Why does the federal government think it should be able to tell me who I can and cannot hire in my business and set the criteria for those I hire?
I can remember having a hard time finding a job simply because I had long hair. It wasn't that I didn't work hard, and when I did find a job, people were glad they hired me. However, there were other jobs I could have gotten if I had simply cut my hair. If you are a sexual deviant, stop being one if you don't want to be discriminated against, or find a business that wants what you have to offer. As I've said in the past, this is merely the homosexual community pushing for special rights, not equal ones.
Many of those who voted for this bill are the same people who cannot even uphold their oath to the Constitution, which is really their only job.
I'm glad it won't get a hearing in the House of Representatives.
For your information, here is the list of Republicans that joined in this effort in the Senate:
- Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
- Susan Collins (R-ME)
- Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
- Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT)
- Dean Heller (R-NV)
- Mark Kirk (R-IL)
- John McCain (R-AZ)
- Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
- Rob Portman (R-OH)
- Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA)