Though as a Canadian I’m already enjoying such benefits, yesterday was, in a way, a big day for the gays of the U.S.A. (though not the trans-folk, who apparently are fit to be discriminated). The House of Representatives passed a piece of legislation meant to protect American homosexuals from discrimination. Though the senate hasn’t voted on the bill, the scary part now is even if they pass it, Mr. Bush, sweet man that he is, has promised to veto the measure.
Gay City News‘Doug Ireland writes:
The course of Senate action on the bill is unclear; Massachusetts Democrat Ted Kennedy, the lead sponsor, has not yet formally introduced it. And in a written statement several weeks ago outlining both policy and constitutional objections to ENDA, including the assertion that it would threaten the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, the Bush administration made clear the president will veto the measure if it makes its way to his desk.
Given the near certainty that ENDA will not become law until a new president is in office, gender rights advocates hope to press the Democratic leadership to reconsider the exclusion of transgender protections when the bill is taken up again in 2009.
While Gay & Lesbian Task Force president added:
We are deeply disappointed that House leadership decided to ignore the position of a vast majority of LGBT organizations, ignore the legal assessment that this bill may not even provide adequate protections for gays, lesbians and bisexuals, and ignore the fact that this vote might make it more difficult to persuade members of Congress to support a fully inclusive bill in the future.
We are relieved this episode is behind us, and starting right now we are going to pick up where we were six weeks ago – namely, working to pass into law in 2009 the ENDA our entire community wants and deserves.
2009? Oh, Canada, you might snow on me in early November, but you won’t let me get fired for any man love. I stand on guard for thee.