Last week, we told you about the attempt to pass the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) by Sen. Barney Frank (D-MA). ENDA is a direct threat to religious freedom and traditional marriage nationwide. ENDA prohibits both public and private employers from making employment decisions (hiring, firing, advancement, etc.) based on an employee’s actual or perceived sexual behavior, ambiguously defined as “sexual orientation.” This completely redefines the concept of protected classes in American law, granting sexual orientation the same employment protections as race, placing sexual behavior on the same level as the immutable traits of sex and ancestry. In fact, many homosexual activist leaders have argued this law, putting race and sexual orientation on the same level, is a key step in overturning marriage laws nationwide. Some versions of ENDA even include special employment protections for transvestites and individuals who undergo sex-change operations. While churches and church-sponsored schools appear to be exempted for now, religious businesses and religious employers with at least 15 employees are not. Religious conscience is not recognized. ENDA actually passed the U.S. House of Representatives last time, but did not make it through the Senate because of a threatened veto by President Bush.
Click here to read more about ENDA. Click here to see how your Representative voted on ENDA last session! Be educated and pass this along to others as we prepare to battle against passing this bad law.