The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (S-815) was approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on July 10, 2013, by a bipartisan vote of 15-7. The bill was approved by the Senate on November 7, 2013, by a bipartisan vote of 64-32.
But the U.S. House of Representatives leadership has refused the House version of the bill (H.R. 1755) so much as a committee hearing, even though H.R. 1755 enjoys bipartisan support in the House and currently has 177 cosponsors! Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have passed laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, and 17 states and D.C. also prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. Hundreds of companies have enacted policies protecting their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. As of April 2013, 434 (88 percent) of the Fortune 500 companies had implemented non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation, and 282 (57 percent) had policies that include gender identity.
Passage of this legislation would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity everywhere in America. Passage of this legislation is in keeping with Gospel values (Matthew 20:1-16; 25:31-46).
- Seeking the fulfillment of the Realm of God already in our midst, St. John's United Church of Christ envisions a just and peaceful community. It is the mission of this congregation to live God's presence, love our neighbors, and practice the values of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
- We care for people who experience oppression and poverty, physically, mentally or spiritually within our faith community and among our neighbors through acts of charity and advocacy.
- We accept all people as being created in the image of God, uplifting and celebrating their worth and integrity, and engaging them authentically, rather than as categories or classes.
Advocating for this legislation is consistent with who we are as an open and affirming faith community. Whoever you are and wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome at St. John's United Church of Christ.
The time has come for people of faith who believe in justice in the workplace to contact The Honorable John Kline, Chairman, Committee on Education and the Workforce and demand that he schedule and permit a committee hearing for H.R. 1755.
The time has come to send the House Committee on Education and the Workforce a message to hold a hearing on H.R. 1755. The time has come to support the members of the minority on that committee by sending them the same message.
The time has come for people of faith who stand for justice in the workplace to contact their members of the U.S House of Representatives and urge them to:
- demand that a Education and the Workforce hearing be held for H.R. 1755
- support the passage of H.R. 1755, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
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