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John Boehner: ‘I See No Basis Or No Need’ To Protect LGBT Workers

by David Badash on November 14, 2013

in ENDA,News,Politics

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John Boehner is not having a good week. First, two teenaged DREAMers yesterday cornered him in Pete’s, the D.C. diner where he has his morning breakfast, and recorded him blowing them off on immigration reform. And now, the Republican Speaker of the House just held a press conference and told America that he sees “no basis or no need” for protecting LGBT workers, calling ENDA “unnecessary.” And he reiterated that LGBT people “are already protected in the workplace,” which is untrue.

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Fortunately, the Senate disagreed and passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act last week. Speaker Boehner might see “no basis or no need” for protecting LGBT workers, but the vast majority of — as he is so fond of saying — “the American people” disagree.

“I am opposed to discrimination of any kind, in the workplace and any place else,” Boehner told the Washington Blade at a press conference late this morning. “But I think this legislation that I’ve dealt with as chairman of The Education & The Workforce Committee…is unnecessary and would provide a basis for frivolous lawsuits.”

“People are already protected in the workplace. I’m opposed to continuing this. Listen, I understand people have differing opinions on this issue, and I respect those opinions. But as someone who’s worked in the employment law area for all my years in the State House and all my years here, I see no basis or no need for this legislation.”

In 33 states you can be fired for your gender identity and in 29 states you can be fired for your sexual orientation.

Speaker Boehner may “see no basis or no need for this legislation,” but he’s already protected from being fired — except for job performance. Were John Boehner to lose his next election and enter the private sector, he would be protected from being fired because of his religion and because of his age — he’s over 40.

Ironically, were an employer who happened to be LGBT refuse to hire the Speaker because he’s heterosexual, Boehner would have no legal recourse, especially in his home state, Ohio.



Video via Think Progress



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BJLincoln November 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm

No. The people of that state think he is a hero. They love being poor, ignorant, without health care and to hate anyone who is not white, christian and straight.
See, it's your own fault that you are poor, ignorant and no insurance. You must be lazy. All people of color are lazy. All LGBT people should go back to the closet and not be gay in public.
There are places people of any color can't live. You must always be suspicious of everyone you don't know. Don't make eye contact. I have to believe most have a drinking problem.
This IS the mindset of Boehner who is also a drunk and has not lived with his wife in years. He is one miserable depressed drunk who believes all of this. His behavior doesn't surprise me.
I was born there. I spent 50 years of my life bombarded by this BS. I escaped 5.5 years ago to a place that is the opposite of all that. I thought I was in heaven. I still do.

MiddleGrounds November 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Actually, I know many people in the state that 'he represents' that absolutely hate his guts. They would move, if they could, but it's not feasible for them (financially and job-wise, especially in this unstable economy).

Guarantee you though, he WILL be voted out. I just wish we could force him out and then force him to pay for all the damage he's done to the people he's caused to suffer, but we know that'll never happen.

Patti Lynn November 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm

If he was so secure in his beliefs, he would bring it to the floor for a vote. Obviously, he has NO idea of what the general American public is suffering…most due to the lack of positive action in the House of Representatives. FORTY FOUR times, the House voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act…just think of what could have been accomplished had they pushed a JOB AGENDA 44 times!!!

labman57 November 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm

ENDA is indeed completely unnecessary … unless you happen to be a member of the LGBT community.

cindygross November 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm

That's not true. Everyone has a sexual orientation and a gender identity. Many people are mistakenly pegged as LGBT even if they're not. And regardless, everyone is hurt when everyone isn't equal. The 14th amendment says we're all equal – we have to stop taking rights away from minorities. ENDA is good for American business and good for the American people. Everyone should support it because it helps us all.

SeanLiberty13 November 17, 2013 at 12:50 am

Well then I see no basis or no need to pay taxes to line his INGRATE pockets with.

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