Discrimination isn’t sweet. Congress has the chance to pass HR 2015, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect Americans from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Now a substitute bill has been introduced as HR 3685, which would not stop discrimination based on gender identity. Removing gender identity from ENDA would leave an artificial aftertaste. Not only would the substitute bill leave some working Americans behind, it would also create divisions among Democrats and fair-minded advocates.
Let’s help Congress continue to build support for the original ENDA. The well-intended substitute just won’t do.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
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Louisiana’s Junior Senator, Republican David Vittner was a model of propriety.
He’s a married man with four children. A lector at St. Francis Xavier’s Church. A “mainstream” conservative who was “outed” yesterday as a customer of the infamous Deborah Jeane Palfrey – the “DC Madam”.
One gossip blog, email@example.com, cites Mrs Vittner as being critical of Hillary Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal in a news story of the time. She’s quoted as saying, “I’m a lot more like Lorena Bobbit than Hillary – I’m walking away with one thing, and it’s not alimony”.
Politics makes strange bedfellows?
Vittner was one of the anchors of the strategy to take back Congress in 2010. Whoops.
But maybe it will be all right. Vittner claimed to have been pardoned by God in the confessional and by his wife in counseling.
Sen. Larry Craig insisted today “I am not gay” and lashed out at the Idaho Statesman for a “witchhunt” that led him to plead guilty to a disorderly conduct charge – a plea he hoped would make the charge go away.
Meanwhile, newly released police records of the bathroom incident that led to Craig’s arrest show that Craig revisited the Minneapolis airport 11 days later to complain about how he had been treated by police. He said he wanted information so his lawyer could speak to someone, according to a police report.
Craig said Monday that he did not seek legal counsel before deciding to plead guilty to disorderly conduct. Today, Craig said he has hired a lawyer to advise him what to do next.
Craig was arrested June 11 by an undercover police officer who said Craig made a sexual advance toward him in an airport men’s room near Minneapolis.
He held a nationally televised news conference today in Boise, but did not talk specifically about what happened in the men’s room and did not take questions.
“I overreacted and made a poor decision,” Craig said.
Sen. Larry Craig announced he would resign his seat in the Senate after pleading guilty in what he now calls a police sting when he was arrested for soliciting sex in a public bathroom at an airport. He is resigning under pressure to keep from embarrassing his party, other elected officials or candidates and we head into the elections cycle. I have to ask why Shannon Bailey president of the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus has not done the same.
Shannon was arrested after being seen by two vice cops for giving a blow job in a public park. He is in no position(excuse the pun) to be a spokesperson for the GLBT Democratic Community and has basically abdicated his position as he hides out and awaits his day in court. I agree with many others that the laws covering public lewdness are not enforced equally for the GLBT and Straight world but if you think with the head in your pants instead of the head on your shoulders, I do not have a lot of sympathy. A person in a position of public authority has to live by a higher standard and must think of the image they project and how it affects not only themselves but the Community at large.
Here is Shannon’s latest email to the executive committee of the Stonewall Caucus:
I will call any meetings from now on. There WILL NOT be any meetings of any kind until after October 5, 2007, my daughters wedding. Not one of you communicated to me or inquired about my schedule for September 30 (which happens to be rehearsal day). I AM THE PRESIDENT. You had your meeting even though it was not appropriately called and you could not muster the votes to remove me, that was your one chance. All you are currently doing is creating bad press. I will appoint the bylaws review committee shortly, I am getting commitments from the individuals. At that time I will call a meeting of the Executive Committee. I have a location for the next meeting confirmed. If any of you have question, contact me.
In solidarity (I hope),
Sounds a lot like George Bush’s claims to power to me.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )