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Congressman Jared Polis Files ENDA Discharge Petition

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Colorado Representative Jared PolisThe openly gay House member from Colorado is filing a discharge petition to force a House vote on the Employment Non Discrimination Act.

Towleroad.com reports:

Out Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) announced today that he has filed a discharge petition in the House of Representatives for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Polis is the chief sponsor of ENDA and is also the co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus. From Rep. Polis’ statement: A discharge petition is a procedure to force a vote on legislation if it receives signatures from the majority of the House of Representatives. This move comes after the House Republican leadership has continued to refuse to hold a vote on this bipartisan bill. “This is common sense legislation that is supported by a majority of Americans and was passed overwhelmingly by the United States Senate,” said Rep. Polis. “The Republicans have been dragging their feet on this bill for too long, allowing workplace discrimination against hardworking LGBT Americans to continue.

This new version of ENDA would include a narrower religious exemption.

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USA: House GOP Will No Longer Defend DOMA Cases

Friday, July 19th, 2013

DOMA OverThe House GOP decided yesterday to no longer defend the remaining cases against Defense of Marriage Act. The Washington Post reports:

In a court filing, the House’s Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, which played a lead role in attempting to force the Obama administration to enforce DOMA and is controlled by Republicans, said it is withdrawing from McLaughlin v. Panetta — a case in which gay members of the U.S. military challenged the constitutionality of the law and similar statutes when it comes to spousal benefits… “the House has determined, in light of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Windsor, that it no longer will defend that statute. Accordingly, the House now seeks leave to withdraw as a party defendant.”

That’s good, if not unexpected, news, and hopefully means these cases can be wrapped up fairly quickly (remembering that “quickly” in legal time is not the same as “quickly” in everyday time).

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USA: Employment Non Discrimination Act to Be Reintroduced in April

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Colorado Representative Jared PolisOpenly gay Colorado representative Jared Polis plans to reintroduce ENDA in the house next month, Towleroad.com reports:

“I’ll be the lead author of ENDA, which we are at least planning to reintroduce in April,” Polis said. Multiple sources familiar with ENDA say the legislation is being reconsidered before its reintroduction in the 113th Congress, and maintain no final decisions on the bill have been made.

Maybe the new GOP outreach to gays means they’ll at least consider the bill this time around? Not holding my breath.

New York, USA: US House Democrats Submit Amicus Brief in DOMA Case

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

New York, USA: US House Democrats Submit Amicus Brief in DOMA CaseHouse Democrats are yet again interceding on behalf of litigation challenging the Defense of Marriage Act — this time as one of 15 parties expected to file legal briefs before an appellate court in a case involving a lesbian New York widower.

A group of 145 House Democrats — led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) — were expected to file a friend-of-court brief on Friday in the case of Windsor V. United States, which is pending before the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Authored By Chris Johnson – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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USA: Barney Frank to Introduce ENDA in House This Week

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Barney Frank, ENDAChris Geidner at Metro Weekly reports that the reintroduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is coming this week:

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) plans to introduce the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the House on Wednesday, according to two LGBT equality advocates with direct knowledge of the congressman’s plans. Frank’s communications director, Harry Gural, confirmed that the plans are “to formally announce ENDA this week,” although he added over the weekend that specifics are not yet nailed down and were expected to be so by this afternoon.

The bill, which Gural says will be the same exact bill as that introduced in the 111th Congress, would prohibit most employers from discriminating in hiring and promotions on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Full Story from Towleroad.com

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US: House Panel Votes 3-2 to Defend The Defense of Marriage Act

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner says the House counsel will defend the federal ban on gay marriage, now that the Obama administration won’t.

A five-member House panel on Wednesday voted 3-2 along party lines to direct the House counsel to come up with a legal defense for the 1996 law. The Obama administration has directed the Justice Department to stop defending the law in court because, White House officials believe, it is unconstitutional.

Boehner said the law’s constitutionality should be decided by a court, not by the president. Meanwhile, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who voted against the directive, says the defense will be lengthy and expensive.

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