The National: But What About Employment Discrimination?by James Sanna November 5, 2009 0 comments
David Mixner unleashes yet another “blistering tirade” against the Obama administration for its lack of support for marriage rights, frothing at the mouth as he describes president’s lack of support creating a “Gay Apartheid” where one set of marriage laws apply to straights, and another to teh gays. If a candidate does not support the marriage agenda, Mixner says the community should withhold their political donations.
“No one gets to sit on the sidelines in an epic battle against apartheid and no one gets a free pass,” Mixner writes. “If you want our support, you have to earn it.”
In other news, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions is holding hearings today on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit the firing or denial of employment to anyone on the basis of their gender identity or sexual orientation. According to testimony before the Committee this morning, it is considered legal in 30 states for any and all employers in a state to deny someone the right to work someone simply because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. The Act currently has strong support form the House and Senate leadership, as well as from the HELP committee chair.
Seems like Mixner’s forgetting an issue that impacts all LGBT working folks.
MassachusettsIs Mixner trying to hide that his march sapped energy and money from electoral contests? At any rate, the Maine loss was “not unexpected.” (Bay Windows)
New Hampshire – But the results in Maine are giving a boost to opponents of marriage equality in New Hampshire. (Politico)
D.C. – Andrew Sullivan points out that “that the message discipline from the DNC is so tight that they even forbade OFA from telling Obama-supporters which way to vote on the referendum” in Maine…
D.C. – …and Democratic strategists are actively contemplating a headlong run away from LGBT issues next year, in preparation for the 2010 midterm elections. Perhaps Mixner has a point? (PHB, David Mixner)
Washington – Votes in favor of Referendum 71 keep coming in. (Box Turtle Bulletin)