Outrage of the Week: House may kill ENDA
Updated The Outrage of the Week this week refers to something that, if you're like about 80% of the American public, you didn't even know was an issue. And House Speaker John Boner is against it.
"It" is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA. ENDA would make it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, adding to the list of illegal bases for discrimination that now consists of race, color, sex, nationality, religion, age, and disability.
ENDA is going to pass the Senate this week, having gotten past all procedural hurdles and attempted fillibusters. It actually passed the House back in 2007 but that was before the right-wing flakes got control of the place. And John Boner is against ENDA.
ENDA is popular, or at minimum accepted, among Americans. According to a poll on the topic, a heavy majority of registered voters - 68%, including even 56% of Republicans - support such a law. There is majority support in every single one of the 50 states. But John Boner is against it.
In fact, the idea of such a law is so well accepted that 80% of registered voters think it already is the law. But John Boner is against it. And that opposition, standing against the majority of Americans, the majority of Republicans, the majority of his own state, may well kill the bill. Again.
And that is an outrage.
Update: The Senate did pass the bill on Thursday by 64-32, with 10 GOPpers voting yes. Laws similar to ENDA already exist in 22 states. However, John Bonehead says the House may not even vote on it.