Boehner and others in his party have a lot of ready reasons to disguise this bigotry that goes against everything for which this country should stand. It’s unnecessary, they say, because of workplace statutes, and a lot of private companies already prohibit discrimination.
They also say it would bring about a flood of lawsuits, but the Government Accountability Office did a study about states with laws like ENDA and found “there were relatively few employment discrimination complaints based on sexual orientation and gender identity filed.”
There’s an exemption for religious beliefs in the bill, but it’s too vague, according to the bill’s opponents.
Those seven brave Republican senators decided they didn’t want to be on the wrong side of history. It’s long past time for Speaker Boehner and his cohorts to decide the same thing.