The ACLU and four gay activist groups no longer support an anti-discrimination bill because of the Hobby Lobby verdict and religious exemptions. Their 20 year effort has come to a halt due to the Supreme Court’s decision last week which would have forced employers to provide for life ending contraceptives.
Gay Groups Pull Support for Anti-Discrimination Bill over Religious Exemption
A 20-year effort to protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination is facing a major setback after a coalition of gay rights groups and civil liberties groups pulled their support because of an exemption for religious groups.
The American Civil Liberties Union and four gay rights groups said they can no longer support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case over contraception coverage, which allowed some businesses to claim a religious exemption in following federal law.
ENDA, first introduced in 1994, would make it illegal to fire someone solely on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia have some protections for employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but there is no federal protection for LGBT employees.
The bill passed the Senate with bipartisan support for the first time last November but faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled House. On Tuesday (July 8), the ACLU issued a statement pulling its support, also signed by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Transgender Law Center.
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