December 21, 2010
The Senate's vote to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military is an occasion for looking both backward and forward ? backward to the long struggle by gay activists to put equality on the national agenda and forward to the campaign to prohibit discrimination on other fronts. In the past year, attention has focused on the role of political and military leaders in repealing the demeaning "don't ask, don't tell" policy, enacted in 1993. Indeed, it's hard to overstate the historical significance of the congressional hearing in February at which Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, endorsed repeal.
April 12, 2012 |
WASHINGTON-- Rejecting pressure from gay rights activists, President Obama has decided not issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis on sexual orientation, his spokesman said Thursday. Obama “is committed to securing equal rights” for gays and lesbians, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. But he added that for now the president would pursue a slower path on the issue. Carney said Obama would continue to push for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would provide broader protection.
September 9, 2010
The heated legal and political battle over Proposition 8 might suggest that marriage equality is the last barrier to full participation in society for gays and lesbians. In fact, blatant discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation remains permissible in workplaces across the nation, an injustice Congress must rectify. Thanks to landmark laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, most workers must be judged on their abilities and job performance, not on irrelevant personal characteristics such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.
July 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, just two weeks after the Supreme Court handed down rulings expanding protections for married same-sex couples. Three Republicans -- Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Mark Kirk of Illinois -- voted for the bill, which passed 15 to 7. The Republican support gave the perennial bill some hope of passage in the Senate, though its prospects in the House are less certain.
April 29, 2004 |
Here's the latest Republican spin on homosexuality: Hate gay marriages but love gays. In his State of the Union address, President Bush noted that "the same moral tradition that defines marriage also teaches that each individual has dignity and value in God's sight."
November 1, 2012 |
At the risk of sounding like a troll, have social conservatives replaced "homosexual teachers" with "transgendered teachers" as their scare tactic of choice? I have to concede right up front that I haven't been paying close attention to the news releases that the Traditional Values Coalition sends out. Nevertheless, the one the group released Wednesday struck me as a new wrinkle on a familiar theme. " Traditional Values Coalition is running awareness campaigns in 7 states to inform voters which candidates for U.S. Senate support putting transgender teachers in the classroom ," the release declares (emphasis in the original)
July 10, 2013 |
As Congress begins to deliberate overhauling the nation's immigration policy, several California Republicans are being eyed as persuadable targets by those supporting legalization for the millions of people who entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas. Reps. Gary Miller of Diamond Bar, Howard “Buck” McKeon of Santa Clarita, and Jeff Denham and David Valadao of the Central Valley are frequently named as potential supporters of a comprehensive immigration package, in part because of the make-up of their districts.
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September 12, 1996
Only a few days ago, it looked as if the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would be able to move through the Senate and on to the White House for President Clinton's expected signature. Supporters of ENDA, which explicitly prohibited job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, pointed to polls strongly supporting their cause.
December 24, 2007
Among the business Congress left unfinished in its stampede toward a Christmas recess were two initiatives to deal with the continuing reality of bias against gays and lesbians. One, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, would prohibit bias in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation. The House has passed the bill; all that is required is Senate concurrence.
August 1, 2000
The Republican Party platform is expected to be approved today. Democrats will consider their platform when their convention begins Aug. 14 in Los Angeles. Brief summaries of some key proposals in both platforms: Proposed Platforms Abortion Republican: Support a constitutional amendment that would ban abortions. Appoint anti-abortion judges. Democratic: Support every woman's right to have an abortion, consistent with Roe vs. Wade and regardless of ability to pay.