October 17, 2007
Baldwin offers ENDA 'solution'
Posted by: Chris
Lesbian Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) has come up with a "solution" to the ongoing drama surrounding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. She will offer an amendment to the gay-specific version when it reaches the House floor next week to add "gender identity" back in as a protected category.
It's a clever strategy, though I'm surprised to see the groups calling themselves "United ENDA" -- talk about your misnomers -- buy into it. But it does allow them a House floor vote on trans-inclusion into ENDA so that they can guage the support the provision has and record the votes of those they will need to lobby in the future for transgender protection. Certainly no problem with that.
The open question -- though it's not really open for the glbT groups -- is what Baldwin and the "United ENDA" groups will do if (when) the transgender amendment fails. So long as Baldwin and the more liberal members of the House don't try to tank the gay-specific ENDA, then Baldwin's "solution" really is that, and she should be congratulated for offering it.
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