The Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee of the U.S. Senate will hold a hearing today on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit employment-related discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
The religious right opposes the ENDA, of course, because they apparently believe that LGBT individuals should be persecuted and marginalized. They apparently think that it's an employer's right to discriminate against people who are LGBT or suspected to be LGBT. How Christian of them! (Not.)
We cannot let the haters win this battle. Employment discrimination is as wrong when used against LGBT persons as it is when used against blacks, women, Muslims, or members of any other minority.
It seems that gay is the new black. And we need to work as hard today for civil rights for the LGBT community as our parents worked in the 1960s for civil rights for African Americans.
Stay tuned for ENDA updates as the legislation (hopefully) progresses through the maze of congressional protocol. And keep your fingers crossed.