VIDEO: Conservatives Lament New Laws Barring LGBT Workplace Discrimination

In historic vote, the Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. But, as Colbert reports, this victory didn't make everyone happy.

On last night’s Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert poked fun at conservative groups opposed to the new Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which prohibits employers from discriminating against members of the LGBT community.

The new legislation, which was passed by the Senate yesterday, signifies the first time Congress has voted on legislation advancing gay rights since 2010.  

Colbert mocked the groups in question in true satirical fashion:

“If you’re saying to yourself it won’t affect my workplace, folks you’re dead wrong," he began. "As the American Family Association warns: ‘restaurants and locker room could become land mines for disputes and disturbances. An anatomically male employee who claims a female “gender identity” might be able to demand access to the women’s restroom.”

The new laws are, he joked, a “family nightmare” for employers at the conservative Christian group the Family Research Council, which claims, “ENDA would force religious business owners and workplaces such as Christian bookstores…to accept as normal…transvestites and drag queens.”

“Today it's trans-gendered people; tomorrow the government will tell me I can’t fire a mermaid," Colbert joked. "Oh I’m sorry, excuse me, a ‘hermaphro-trout… That’s why before ENDA takes effects I’m getting rid of everyone on my staff who doesn't share my personal sexual preferences and not just the LGBT-LMNOP crowd."

"If you’re not a member of, we don’t need your crowd around here!” he declared.

Watch the video:                                   

Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.


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