ENDA as Dangerous/Discriminatory as Fond du Lac Ordinance

ImageFrom our friends at Family Research Council:

Family Research Council(FRC) President Tony Perkins expressed strong disagreement with the U.S. Senate’s approval of S. 815, a bill that mandates special rights based on sexual orientation and even perceived gender identity. Businesses would be forced to comply, regardless of the impact on their organization or their own viewpoint.

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Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling agrees, “ENDA is as dangerous and as discriminatory as what the City of Fond du Lac is proposing with adding gender identity or expression to its housing and public accommodations nondiscrimination ordinance. These types of laws are direct assaults on our religious liberty.  They are yet another effort to silence those who hold different opinions and values when it comes to sexuality.”

ENDA Amendment Falls Short of Protecting Religious Freedom

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Family Research Council (FRC) dismissed as insufficient an amendment sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and adopted today by the U.S. Senate that is purported to protect religious freedoms under the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act” (ENDA), a bill that creates a special status for “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the workplace.

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David ChristensenFRC‘s vice president for Government Affairs, made the following comments:

“The amendment added to ENDA today does virtually nothing to expand the already extremely narrow ‘religious exemption,’ and will do nothing to protect non-profits and businesses that operate from a faith perspective. Senators may be looking for political cover from this amendment, but ENDA removes the ability of non-profits, para-church ministries, and individual business owners to make their own decisions about appropriate conduct in the workplace. People’s religious freedom rights do not stop at their front door on their way to work, whether they are a business owner or employee. Senators concerned with religious freedom protections should oppose ENDA, as fundamentally bad public policy,” concluded Christensen.

Click here to download Family Research Council’s new publication, “The ENDA Litigation Nightmare.”



What is ENDA?

“Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013” (ENDA), S. 815, a bill that mandates special rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Businesses would be forced to comply (or face penalties), regardless of the impact on their organizations.


From Family Research Council:

“The Senate should vote against ENDA because it threatens the free market, undermines employers’ rights, and violates the free exercise of religion.

“The vast majority of employers would not consider an employee’s sexual orientation relevant or even want to know about an employee’s sex life. However, ENDA would transform the workplace into an environment in which certain sexual lifestyles are given a special status by the federal government and religious expression is suppressed.

“ENDA would be a magnet for costly lawsuits that burden businesses in an already suffering economy. Under ENDA, employers could be sued over a characteristic which may not be visible or known by the employer. Employers will translate these new liabilities into legal and financial costs that are passed on to consumers.

“Because employers can also be held liable for workplace environment complaints, employers will be inclined to silence employees who express a religious belief or opinion that isn’t deemed as accommodating to perceived or changing gender identity.

“ENDA ignores the concerns of women and children by mandating that employers not show discretion in the employment of homosexual, bisexual, and transgendered individuals in occupations which they feel are unsuitable. ENDA forbids schools, child care centers, and other child-centered employers from making hiring decisions even if such employers prefer not to have children confront such complex and confusing questions. The gender identity provisions also undermine the right of employers to set dress and grooming standards which they feel are reasonable.

“Most importantly, the legislation violates employers’ and employees’ constitutional freedoms of religion, speech and association. One employee’s sexual preference does not deserve greater protection than a business owner’s exercise of religious liberty,” concluded Perkins.

Download Family Research Council’s new publication, “The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA): A Threat to Free Markets and Freedom of Conscience and Religion.”

ENDA the Road for Religious Liberty

This week’s radio commentary…

Imagine the following: You send your kids to a Christian camp every summer.  It’s the highlight of their summer, and you appreciate what they’re learning there.  This year, instead of the annual invite to attend camp, you receive a notice from the camp indicating that a recent lawsuit drained their resources and they’re closing down.

Your children are devastated, but you dig a little deeper and find out the lawsuit was an employment discrimination case, brought by the federal government against your favorite Christian camp because they refused to hire an open homosexual who rejects Christian teaching on sexuality and marriage.   You ask, and rightly so, “What happened to religious liberty? This is the United States, right?”

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ENDA, what it means for businesses

Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg wrote a very compelling article for the Washington Times on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that will most likely come up for a vote soon in Congress.

Read the article here…


Contact your legislators:

Senator Herb Kohl (cosponsor on Senate bill): 202-224-5653

Senator Russ Feingold (up for re-election this November. Cosponsor on Senate bill): 202-224-5323


Rep. Paul Ryan (in favor of ENDA w/religious exemption and w/o transgender protection): 888-909-7926

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (cosponsor on House bill): 202-225-2906

Rep. Ron Kind (cosponsor on House bill): 888-442-9040

Rep. Gwen Moore (cosponsor on House bill): 202-225-4572

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner: 800-242-1119

Rep. Tom Petri: 202-225-2476

Rep. Dave Obey: 202-225-3365

Rep. Steve Kagen: 202-225-5665