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November 11, 2007

House Votes - H.R. 3685: Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

On Motion to Adjourn
Failed 164-254

H.Res. 793: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3685

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 224-192

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 218-205


H.R. 3685: Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007
To prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

MegaVote: This bill that would bar employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against potential workers based on their real or supposed sexual orientation. (Emphasis ours. "Perceived" is the language from the bill.)

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

H.Amdt. 882 by Rep. Miller [D-CA]
An amendment numbered 1 printed House Report 110-422 to
  1. provide explicitly that any religious corporation, school, association or society that is exempt under either Section 702(a) or 703(e)(2) of Title VII's religious exemptions is exempt under ENDA. It clarifies that the scope of Title VII's exemption is exactly the scope of ENDA's exemption (if a school is exempt from Title VII's religious discrimination prohibitions, it will also be exempt from ENDA); and
  2. clarify that ENDA does not alter the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in any way. It strikes language referencing `a same-sex couple who are not married' in the Employee Benefits section of ENDA. It also inserts language clarifying that the term `married' has the meaning given such term in DOMA, directly incorporating DOMA's definition of marriage.
Agreed to 402-25

H.Amdt. 883 by Rep. Souder [R-IN]
An amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 110-422 to strike paragraph (3) of section 8(a), which prohibits employers from conditioning employment on a person being married or being eligible to be married.
Agreed to 325-101

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H13250-13252; text: CR H13250)
Failed 198-222
GOP Proposal Will Protect State & Federal Marriage Laws
House Republicans will offer a motion-to-recommit proposal to protect state and federal marriage laws from being overturned, modified, or restricted in any way as a result of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) under consideration today.

On Passage
Passed 235-184


White House veto threat: PDF


Narrower Bill Seeking Workplace Protection for Gays, Lesbians Passes House
After two weeks of delay, hours of cantankerous debate and several moves to slow or kill its movement, a bill that seeks to protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination passed the House on Wednesday.

The Majority’s ENDA Problem
Freedom of Religion, Meet Free Flow of Litigation
By Rep. Roy Blunt



Boehner: Majority's ENDA Bill Will Be Boon to Trial Lawyers, Weaken State and Federal Marriage Laws

Oppose Special Rights Bill for Homosexual Conduct

GAY SUPER RIGHTS BILL PASSES
This week the House passed ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which grants special rights to homosexuals. If signed into law this organization would be forced to hire homosexuals as would Christian radio and TV stations. All commercial religious enterprises including Christian and Jewish bookstores would be forced to hire homosexuals. Non-denominational Christian schools are covered under ENDA as well. The bill allows for trial lawyers to get huge sums of money based on "perceived" discrimination. That is, if a homosexual feels uncomfortable working at a Christian bookstore that was forced to hire him, he can then sue the store as well.

Although forced through by Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi some 25 Democrats voted "no." HOWEVER: Some 35 Republicans crossed over and voted for this bill that would give rights to homosexuals which other Americans do not have.

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