Social Conservatives Decry ENDA Vote in Senate, Prepare for Battle in House

By USDR.

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins expressed strong disagreement with the U.S. Senate vote for cloture on the so-called “Employment Non-Discrimination Act” (ENDA), a bill that mandates special rights based on sexuality. Businesses would be forced to comply (or face penalties), regardless of the impact on their organization. Family Research Council Action (FRC Action) will score the legislation in its annual vote scorecard.

FRC President Tony Perkins released the following statement in response to the Senate vote:

“We are disappointed the U.S. Senate voted for cloture on ENDA, legislation that would increase litigation, diminish religious liberty, and create a new federal mandate on businesses based on sexuality. The law would not allow businesses, including schools and day cares, to take things into consideration when they think it is appropriate. Even faith-based organizations and businesses will be ordered to comply (or face penalties), regardless of the impact on their organization.

“However, we are pleased that Speaker Boehner announced his opposition today to ENDA. As he noted, ENDA would increase costly lawsuits that burden businesses in an already struggling economy.

“Unfortunately, the U.S. Senate failed to recognize how ENDA undermines the free exercise of religion. The Senate didn’t even offer a fig leaf of ‘religious exemptions’ that would supposedly protect faith-based organizations. Instead, they seem content to follow the Obamacare model of forced conformity – or punishment.

“We are confident that the U.S. House of Representatives will ultimately reject ENDA because it not only threatens the free market but religious liberties as well,” concluded Perkins.

Meanwhile, the same group weighed in on the likely action in the US House:

Family Research Council (FRC) commended House SpeakerJohn Boehner today after he announced his opposition to the so-called “Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013” (ENDA), S. 815, a bill that mandates special rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Speaker’s spokesman was quoted saying “the Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs.” Businesses would be forced to comply (or face penalties), regardless of the impact on their organizations.

Family Research Council Action (FRC Action) will score the legislation in its annual vote scorecard.

FRC President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

“We commend Speaker Boehner for opposing ENDA because of the costly lawsuits that burden businesses in an already struggling economy.

“The law creates a new federal mandate on businesses based on sexuality and does not allow businesses the choice of taking those things into consideration when they think it is appropriate. For examples, businesses, including daycares and public schools, will be ordered to comply (or face penalties), regardless of the impact on their organization.

“ENDA not only adds more costs to businesses but tells them how they can and cannot practice the faith of their owners and managers. Under ENDA, employers can be held liable for workplace environment complaints, which will make them inclined to silence employees who express a religious belief or opinion that isn’t deemed as accommodating to perceived or changing gender identity. ENDA encourages discrimination against anyone with a different moral viewpoint.

“We urge the U.S. Senate to reject ENDA because it threatens the free market, undermines employers’ rights, and violates the free exercise of religion,” concluded Perkins.

Download Family Research Council’s new publication, “The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA): A Threat to Free Markets and Freedom of Conscience and Religion.”

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