ENDA- The US House of Representatives passed House Bill HR 3685 yesterday to provide job protection against gay, lesbian and bisexuals on workplace discrimination based on whom they are.

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    Nov 08, 2007 1:39 PM GMT
    This past September I went to Washington DC to testify before Congress regarding job dissemination. In 1992 I filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination for not reinstating me as a police officer based on my sexual orientation in 1994 I won and my case was settled with the city of Springfield. Thank God I live in one of a handful of States where sexual orientation is protected. Make no bones about it, If I was a federal employee ( FBI, CIA, DEA) I would not be a cop today.

    This bill will be filed in the Senate by Senior Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat and a longtime supporter of gay rights legislation, he would move swiftly to introduce a similar measure in the Senate. Some Senate Republicans said that, if worded carefully, it would have a good chance of passing, perhaps early next year.

    This bill must be passed and we must protect the rights of every Gay American in the workplace. Please write your Congressman today to thank them on the passage of this bill and write your Senator urging a swift vote on ENDA when it lands on the Senate Floor. Thanks, Mike
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    Nov 08, 2007 1:49 PM GMT
    Sounds excellent and would certainly want to learn more..... and when the bill arrives on Bush's desk?
    I wonder if the support in Congress will be Veto proof?
  • MarkX

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    Nov 08, 2007 3:53 PM GMT
    *sigh* Maybe it'll take a while and will end up on the President's desk after 1/20/9.
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    Nov 08, 2007 6:15 PM GMT
    There is controversy on this bill as it stands in it's exclusion of transgendered people.
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    Nov 08, 2007 6:35 PM GMT
    congratulations, MasculineMuslJoc. Glad you sued them. Everyone's victory is a victory for all of us.
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    Nov 08, 2007 7:22 PM GMT
    CaslonEveryone's victory is a victory for all of us.


    Except for trans folks
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    Nov 08, 2007 7:23 PM GMT
    A victory yet it admits the fact we don't even follow our own consitution. That document deny's any agency the right to discriminate and the very fact we have to pass additional laws shows our true colors.
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    Nov 09, 2007 1:05 AM GMT
    at that some shit?...most of us are born and raised Americans, and we still have to fight for our right to keep our job cause who our mate is....damn...just damn.
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    Nov 09, 2007 1:54 AM GMT
    I believe it passed the House with 56% approval for the "watered-down" version, and they expect the Senate to possibly pass, but be a little bit tighter. But they don't have enough to override a Bush veto, which he's already promised. I don't think the plan is to delay it for the next Hillary...I mean, President. However, if Bush vetoed, and the Democratic base increased numbers and won the White House, it will almost certainly pass with ease, and even with some additional Republican support.
    And a special shout-out to my good friend Brian, who just became the first openly gay person to win a contested election in Georgia as a Republican (city of Doraville council member). icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 15, 2007 12:50 AM GMT
    Except for the Army, I've never been discriminated against for being Gay by an employer. (The Army Didn't Know)
    I think it's wrong to throw the Trannys under the bus to get this legislation through. We should be sticking together.
    If it doesn't protect all of us, it should protect none of us. I hope the Senate rejects it or adds the Trannys to it.


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    Mar 01, 2008 10:31 PM GMT
    Michael - Your courage is bigger than the role of a peace office, representing the dignity and emotional value that all gay men and women deserve is a challenge too few are willing to tackle. Thanks to you for fighting to protecting us from more bias and to hopefully achieve all the rights we are entitled to as people and expect to receive like any over-worked tax-paying neighbor.