Most Republicans, Evangelicals Support ENDA

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With seven Republican senators and all 55 Democratic senators publicly on board, it now seems likely that the Senate will debate and vote this week on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would ban employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.

  • People who are Straight (i.e. heterosexual) have never had to worry about being fired from their jobs, kicked out of their rental properties, turned away from businesses, targeted with vandalism or violence, or denied the right to marry the person they love solely on the basis of their sexual orientation. Is it really asking too much that Gay people ought not to have to worry about such things either?

    Of course, the common response I hear is something like, “Gay people wouldn’t HAVE to worry, as long as they keep it to themselves!” This prompts me to ask Straight people the following: “Do your friends, family members, and co-workers know that you are Straight? If so, HOW? Do you talk about your spouse or your children? Have you ever kept photos of them on your desk at work? Is innocuous office conversation about one’s home life pretty much par for the course? If so, why should it be any different for people who are Gay?”