Barney Frank: Amend ENDA

October 19, 2007 at 10:56 am 4 comments

Rep. Barney Frank issued the following statement urging his congressional colleagues to support an amendment by Rep. Tammy Baldwin to add gender identity to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. A sexual orientation only version of ENDA was passed by the House Education and Labor Committee yesterday by a vote of 27-21.

News release from Barney Frank
Congressman, 4th District, Massachusetts
2252 Rayburn Building * Washington, D.C. 20515 * (202) 225-5931
October 19, 2007

CONTACT: Joe Racalto 202-225-5931
Steven Adamske 202-225-7141


Congressman Barney Frank is urging his colleagues to vote for the
amendment to be offered by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin to include
transgender individuals in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act when it
is considered on the House floor.

“The decision to offer such an amendment came out of a Caucus which
Chairman George Miller held of the Democratic Members of the Education and
Labor Committee. After some discussion, it became clear that offering
such an amendment would offer us the best chance to achieve Speaker
Pelosi’s goal of adopting in the House the most inclusive ENDA bill for
which majority support existed.

“I argued in favor of transgender inclusion when I testified on the
original legislation on September 5, but many of us believed that sending
the full inclusive bill to the floor would open the door to a series of
demagogic procedural moves that would have endangered our chances of a
passing any bill at all. The discussion held by the Democratic Members of
the Education and Labor Committee, Congresswoman Baldwin and myself
resulted in this approach and I believe it meets the goal of giving people
the opportunity to support a fully inclusive bill while avoiding the
potential parliamentary death traps that would otherwise have resulted.
I will on the floor of the House be repeating essentially the arguments in
favor of transgender inclusion which I made in the September 5 hearing,
because we will now be able to do that in a procedural setting that allows
us to maximize support for an inclusive bill without endangering our
chances of getting any bill at all.”


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. theunrul  |  October 19, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Well, it would be nice if they could inculde transgender people in the protections offerd by EDNA. Sure, transgender people might be “different” from so called “normal” people, but that does not mean that they should be subjected to discrimination. This is America, after all, and everyone should be afforded the same rights. It is nice to see that some members of our government are at least trying to fight for equal rights.

  • 2. Marti Abernathey  |  October 20, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Grrr. Pet peeeeeeeeeve. EVERYONE has a gender identity… and many times when a gay or lesbian is either not hired or fired, it goes back to their gender identity.

    Honestly, I don’t think removing gender identity is the worst problem with the bill. The widened religious exemption is big enough to drive a popemobile through.

  • 3. Michael Crawford  |  October 20, 2007 at 10:33 am

    Yeah, but is it a stylish Popemobile that will work with the current pope’s red Prada loafers?

    You are right that there are multiple ways that the bill can be improved adding gender identity is one of them. Like all civil rights legislation, once it becomes law its going to have to be supplanted with other bills to ensure fair and equal treatment for LGBT people.

  • 4. House Vote on ENDA Expected This Week « Bloggernista  |  October 22, 2007 at 10:27 am

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