Got this email earlier and wanted to share- with both of Maine's representatives being co-sponsors, I can only imagine how frustrating and infuriating for those with less supportive Congress Critters… Louise
I'm sure you're feeling as disheartened as I am about the election in Maine. But if we crawl into a corner and lick our wounds, we're playing right into our opposition's hands. And today of all days, we can't afford to do that.
As we speak, the Senate is holding a hearing on the fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and the House could hold its first important vote on ENDA in the coming weeks.
This bill would end a bitter injustice in our country: In 29 states, it's legal to fire someone because they're lesbian, gay, or bisexual; in 38 states, it's legal to fire someone for being transgender.
It's a sinister threat hanging over millions of heads. And too many in Congress have stood in the way of workplace protections from passing.
This is one of the next big battles facing our movement. And it's going to be even tougher than passing the hate crimes bill was. Right-wing groups loudly claim that measures like ENDA grant “special rights” to LGBT people and take away the freedoms of people of faith. It's absurd; it's wrong; yet lawmakers listen.
If there's one thing the hate crimes victory showed us, it's that Congress can move at a glacial pace. There's only one thing that speeds up the process: direct, sustained pressure from ordinary people like you.
Even with the most supportive Congress and president our movement has ever had, it's an uphill battle. And we won't have this Congress and this president forever.
So we can't afford to miss this window of opportunity. If we can pass an inclusive ENDA, we will make it safer for millions of people to live their lives openly in America – and the hearts and minds they'll change will open the door for “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” repeal and more.
We've waited too long for this moment. Let's make sure LGBT workers don't have to wait a minute longer.
Thank you helping us seize this critical opportunity.