Boehner announces opposition to ENDA
Speaker of the House John Boehner has announced his opposition to the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) according to a report in the Huffington Post.
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said on Monday that ENDA would "increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs." In a follow-up comment, a Boehner aide told the Huffington Post that the speaker's position was "not news" — he voted against ENDA in 2007 — and that the protections afforded by the bill are already "covered by existing law."
While 21 states have laws on the books to protect LGBTQ people against workplace discrimination, 29 states do not. Public polling on ENDA consistently shows a large majority of Americans approve of it.
Nevertheless, the bill is opposed by social conservatives. Heritage Action, an influential conservative activist organization, has made opposition to ENDA one of its "key" votes, arguing that the law would "severely undermine civil liberties, increase government interference in the labor market, and trample on religious liberty."