Pro-family group senses urgency to oppose ENDA, calls for action

Thursday, October 31, 2013
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A pro-family group is calling on people of faith and those who hold to traditional values to strongly voice their opposition to the latest push for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act – and to do it soon.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) wants a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 - and he's in a hurry to do so. The proposal, also referred to as ENDA, would add sexual orientation to protected classes, including transgendered people.

Traditional Values Coalition president Andrea Lafferty tells OneNewsNow that the first impact might see transgendered people teaching in public schools.

"We believe that children need a psychologically stable and emotionally secure environment to learn," says Lafferty. "And that is not the case when you put individuals who struggle with gender identity [into classrooms]."

She argues that transgender people are "psychologically unhealthy individuals" who shouldn't be "forced on children and parents" in schools around the country.

While some efforts have been made to amend the bill so it protects churches, para-church groups, and businesses owned by people of faith, Lafferty remains doubtful.

Lafferty, Andrea (TVC)

"I don't believe you can fix a bad bill," she says. "There are others on the left who don't think there should be any religious exemptions and so, yes, businesses will be affected." Christian schools were affected under a previous version, she adds.

The TVC leader is urging people to contact their senators to urge them to vote "no" when the bill (S. 815 / H.R. 1755) comes up early next week. Reid has 59 votes; only 60 are needed for passage.

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