Thursday, November 21, 2013

Iowa AG, Tom Miller, urges John Boehner to act on LGBT job discrimination act; NE AG Jon Bruning
can't be bothered

On Monday, Attorney Generals in 14 states, including New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner calling on him to stop obstructing a vote on ENDA, the Employment NonDiscrimination Act, recently passed by the U.S. Senate. 73% of Americans and majorities in every state support the bill's intent.
     Said New York's attorney general:
“Allowing for a vote on a bill that would make it illegal to fire someone from their job simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity should be an easy decision for Speaker Boehner. Equal opportunity for all should be a top priority for Congress and ENDA provides an historic opportunity to take one step closer to that goal.”
      HRC says that "Despite the widespread support for workplace protections, House Republican leadership is refusing to allow an up-or-down vote on the legislation. Instead, Boehner continues to use his bully pulpit to propagate false and factually inaccurate explanations about the bill and its impact."
     Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is not among those AGs lobbying Boehner for the interests of their gay constituents.
    In November 2003, Jon Bruning said Massachusetts' Supreme Court ruling against that state's ban on gay marriages was ridiculous. "Does that mean you have to allow a man to marry his pet, or a man to marry his chair?" Bruning said. "I mean, at some point, it needs to stop." [Associated Press, 11/18/03]

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