On Thursday the United States Senate voted to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
Senator Boozman voted against ENDA. Senator Pryor voted for ENDA. You can see a breakdown of the votes here.
Despite its name, ENDA is not about preventing discrimination. It injects sexual preferences and sexual expression into the workplace, and it will prevent religious employers from establishing employee guidelines in keeping with their deeply-held religious beliefs.
For instance, ENDA would force religious employers to permit men who “self-identify” as women to show up for work dressed in women’s clothing. For a secular employer, that might be a breach of dress code. For Christian bookstores and publishers, however, that’s a serious problem.
Moreover, because of the way ENDA is written, people who disagree with their biological gender will be able to use the opposite sex’s restrooms or locker rooms at work. That means men who consider themselves women will be able to use the women’s restrooms or locker rooms at work, and vice versa. Under current law, that would be sexual harassment; under ENDA, it would be protected behavior.
Family Research Council has published examples of the lawsuits and situations other states have faced as a result of state laws similar to ENDA. You can read it here.
If you do a little research, it’s plain to see ENDA doesn’t solve any problems. It creates bigger ones. It’s going to create hostile work environments, and it’s going to lead to frivolous lawsuits for which taxpayers will have to foot the bill.
The United States House of Representatives has an opportunity to stop ENDA. You can contact your Congressman and ask him to vote against the so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act.