"This is a bad bill with bad consequences for our nation, and I am extremely hopeful, if it were by some strange happenstance to pass the Senate, the president would follow through on his signals to veto this really bad bill." -- Richard Land
WASHINGTON (BP)--The House of Representatives comfortably approved workplace protections based on "sexual orientation" Nov. 7, handing the homosexual activist movement a groundbreaking victory.
The House's 235-184 vote for the Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA) marked the first time either chamber of Congress has passed such legislation, but it appears unlikely the bill will become law -– at least this year. The White House already has indicated a veto is probable if it reaches President Bush, and the House roll call was more than 40 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for an override. The Senate has yet to act on the measure.
Representatives of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and other pro-family organizations lamented the House action.
ENDA would make discrimination on the basis of "sexual orientation" illegal in such areas as hiring, firing and compensation for both the private and public workplace. According to the legislation, "sexual orientation" encompasses "homosexuality, bisexuality or heterosexuality," whether "actual or perceived." The measure would treat "sexual orientation" in similar fashion to other federally protected categories, such as race, gender, age and religion. Read More