Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) reiterated his longstanding support for passage of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) on Wednesday with a personal note.
“My niece is a lesbian,” Reid told reporters. “She’s a school teacher. Her employment shouldn’t be affected with that. We should have a law that says that, not just the good graces of wherever you work.”
ENDA would ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It is currently legal to fire or refuse to hire gay workers in 29 states and transgender workers in 34 states. Federal law already prohibits employers from discriminating based on race, religion, age, gender and disability.
Freedom to Work, and organization advocating passage of the bill, thanked Sen. Reid by posting the image above on their Facebook page. Shortly thereafter Sen. Reid re-posted the image to his own Facebook page with the message “Thank you for all your support. I am committed to passing ENDA!”
Many people left appreciative comments on Sen. Reids post in response, but plenty of others left comments that demonstrate so clearly why ENDA is needed. They range from “need to be educated on the issue” to outright homophobic in nature. When LGBT people are up against these kinds of attitudes in the workplace, the need for legal anti-discrimination protections is obvious.
Um how about all men created equal …the constitution…we dont need some affirmative action for homosexuals.
The constitution says nothing about sexual preference. Why have politicians made it an issue?
Sexual orientation has NOTHING to do with discrimination! It is a personal choice – NOT a human rights issue!
Tell the clam clacker to go teach school in Saudi Arabia! (Lets see how well that works out)
So long as she DOES NOT push her lesbianism on our kids!!!!!!!
Let me guess… She has had an abortion too!!! Lmao. U dern liberals are a mess!! Sick!
Put the ENDA back in the closet where it belongs, you moron.