Lesbian Congresswoman’s Crashing Symbols

Lesbian Congresswoman’s Crashing Symbols

image0024Pro-family Americans need to be at least as concerned about the symbolism as the substance of the "Employment Non-Discrimination Act" (H.R. 3017), which would extend civil rights protections to homosexuals, bisexuals, transsexuals, and cross-dressers. That much was clear after today’s hearing on the bill in the House Education and Labor Committee, which was attended by FRC’s Peter Sprigg. Advocates of the bill pooh-poohed the idea that it would lead to a flood of litigation, but acknowledged that it would have tremendous symbolic significance.

Lesbian Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) said as much, declaring it would send a message against "irrational bias" in the workplace. Although disapproval of homosexual conduct is well-founded and widespread, not only on moral and religious grounds but on the entirely pragmatic grounds of its harmful health consequences, Baldwin went on to dismiss these concerns as "irrational prejudice" and "irrational hatred, bias, and fear." Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) admitted that the bill is not just about workplace practices, but "it’s the law telling society this kind of discrimination is not OK." Although conservatives are usually admonished not to "legislate morality," Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), himself a homosexual, declared passage of ENDA to be "a moral issue for our country," declaring we have to discard "old and dying norms." Tell your member of Congress that turning harmful sexual behaviors into civil rights is not the kind of new "norm" they should support.

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