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Toomey ENDA Amendment Part of Long-Term Strategy to Use Religion as Tool to Discriminate

On Thursday, the Senate is expected to vote on a provision that would allow bosses to use religion to discriminate against their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. That’s right—yet another effort to use religion as an excuse to discriminate.

On Thursday, the Senate voted on a provision that would have allowed bosses to use religion to discriminate against their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. That’s right—yet another effort to use religion as an excuse to discriminate.

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Vote Nears for ENDA, With Broader Religious Exemptions (Updated)

Advocates opposing broad religious exemptions in ENDA attend a press conference on Capitol Hill.

The religious exemptions currently folded into the Employment Non-Discrimination Act are broad enough to allow Catholic schools to continue firing teachers for being gay. But these base religious exemptions were not broad enough to satisfy some key Republican senators.

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‘Asterisk Equality’ Isn’t Real Equality: Fighting for an ENDA Without Exemptions

There is a bill pending in the Senate right now that would end workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

To accept the broad religious exemptions in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, is in an insult to the incredible progress the LGBTQ community has already made.

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Religious Exemptions at Issue in Proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act

A strong majority supports protecting LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination, and a proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) introduced in both the House and Senate would make that law—except probably not in Catholic schools and some other religiously affiliated institutions.

ENDA would protect many LGBTQ individuals from workplace discrimination, something a strong majority of Americans support. However, the proposed version of the law would not protect LGBTQ employees at Catholic schools and some other religiously affiliated institutions.

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