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ENDA: All marked up and headed for the floor

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July 10, 2013
Senate-full

In an almost perfunctory proceeding, the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee voted today to send S. 815  - aka the Employment NonDiscrimination Act –  to the Senate floor for a vote by the full body. It was the first meaningful Congressional action on ENDA since 2007, when a version passed the Houe that, […]

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Back to the future with Title VII?

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April 21, 2013
DC

The idea of a national law prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation is so old that it could have grandchildren by now.  (Maybe that’s how to think of the marriage campaign – equality demands skipped a generation.) At any rate, there continues to be no immediate future for enactment of such a law in […]

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Obama 2.0: LGBT issues in the second term

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November 13, 2012
Obama-pensive

  Tomorrow night (details here), I’m going to be on a panel with Gary Gates, Chad Griffin and Patrick Guerrero sponsored by the Williams Institute, discussing the impact of the election on lgbt rights. At the federal level, I see four clusters of issues as the most important questions likely to arise while Obama remains […]

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Barney, still Frank

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December 13, 2011

Following is a quintessentially irreverent and irascible swan song from our main man Barney (I have excerpted quite a bit; full text is here): Washington Blade: To what degree have you seen support for LGBT equality increase in the U.S. Congress since you took office as a congressman in 1981? Rep. Barney Frank: Oh, enormously. When I first […]

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Federal court case in Cleveland shows weakness of local anti-discrimination laws

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October 13, 2011

Late last month, U. S. District Judge James Gwin denied summary judgment to the defendants in Hutchinson v. Cuyahoga County Board of County Commissioners (2011 WL 4452394). Shari Hutchinson alleged that she was denied several jobs in the county agency responsible for child support enforcement because she is lesbian. Hutchinson was able to produce indirect evidence of discrimination […]

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How the Obama position on DoMA will strengthen public employment rights

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March 2, 2011

Following are excerpts from a column posted on Bilerico by former Hill staffer Tico Almeida: …[C]onsider the hypothetical examples of a lesbian employee of the Alabama State Department of Agriculture, a gay male employee of the Arizona State Department of Transportation, and a bisexual employee of the Alaska State Department of Tourism. These three states […]

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