June 8, 2012

ENDA, Another Radical Agenda Coming from a Dysfunctional Senate


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Washington, DC – The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), slated for consideration in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee on June 12, is anti-business, anti-free speech, and anti-religious freedom. Intended to give special protections to homosexuals and cross-dressers, the bill would restrict small businesses and muzzle those with a biblical worldview.

ENDA applies to an “individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.” “Gender identity” is defined as “the gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, with or without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.”

In other words, if a supervisor instructed a male employee he could not use the women’s restroom, the employer would be in violation of ENDA. ENDA states that an employer may not “limit, segregate, or classify the employees or applicants for employment of the employer in anyway that would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment or otherwise adversely affect the status of the individual as an employee, because of such individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.”

“The implications of ENDA are outrageous and shocking,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “With the many pressing issues facing our country, it is astounding that Senator Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate would waste their time pressing a radical and destructive ideology,” commented Staver. “ENDA would highjack every employer to conscript them to join the sexual anarchist agenda so favored by the Obama administration,” concluded Staver.

Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.

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