“This is about treating all people fairly, with honor, dignity, and respect.”
Today the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that would end discrimination based on sexual orientation. It seems unlikely the House Speaker John Boehner will even allow it to come to a vote in the House. Being this close to equality for all Americans in the LGBT community and being stopped by a single individual is infuriating.
Dean of the House Congressman John Dingell compares ENDA to his votes for Civil Rights legislation throughout his long history in the House of Representatives:
Today’s Senate vote shows clear, bipartisan support for ending all forms of discrimination in the workplace. I consider my votes to advance the Civil Rights movement throughout the 50s and 60s among the most important votes I’ve cast in my nearly 58 years in the House of Representatives, and I see little difference when it comes to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. This is about treating all people fairly, with honor, dignity, and respect. I’m proud to cosponsor this important legislation in the House, and I call on Speaker Boehner to put politics aside, bring this bill to the floor for a vote, and help to end this unnecessary wrong so many Americans face. The time to act is now.
It’s time for Speaker Boehner to do the right thing and allow a vote on this crucial and essential legislation. As Congressman Dingell says, it’s about fairness for ALL Americans, no matter who they love.