|For Immediate Release
November 7, 2013
Manassas, VA – NRB, dismayed by the Senate’s approval today of The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) without resolving its First Amendment problems, urges the House of Representatives to stand firm against pressure from interest groups attempting to ram it into law.
“The U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guarantees fundamental rights for the citizens of our Republic. It is not a mere technicality or obstruction for powerful lobbies to break through,” stated NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “ENDA, even as amended by some well-meaning Senators, remains narrow, convoluted, and promises a legal burden and chill on employers committed to honoring the tenets of their faith in the workplace.”
Dr. Johnson continued, “I thank House Speaker John Boehner for his public stance against ENDA. I urge his House colleagues to follow his lead against advancing this perilously flawed legislation.”
ENDA (S.815/ H.R.1755) would create new employment rights for individuals based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Last year NRB Senior Vice President and General Counsel Craig Parshall testified on ENDA before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and he outlined NRB’s concerns that this legislation “generally illustrates the kind of unaccommodating approach to religious organizations that was recently rejected by a unanimous decision of the Supreme Court” and the “insufficient ‘religious exemption’ provisions of this bill would permit a substantial and unconstitutional burden to be placed on relig ious organizations.” He also noted that sexual orientation and gender identity claims already have an avenue for legal remedy without ENDA.
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