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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins expressed strong disagreement with the U.S. Senate's approval of S. 815, a bill that mandates special rights based on sexual orientation and even perceived gender identity. Businesses would be forced to comply, regardless of the impact on their organization or their own viewpoint.
Perkins released the following statement in response to Senate passage of the so-called "Employment Non-Discrimination Act" (ENDA):
"We are disappointed the U.S. Senate gave final approval to ENDA, legislation that would increase litigation, diminish religious liberty, and create a new federal mandate on businesses informed by a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. However, we commend those senators who voted against this massive intrusion of the Federal government and also Speaker Boehner for speaking out against ENDA since it will increase litigation costs and cost jobs.
"The vast majority of employers would not consider an employee's sexual orientation relevant or even want to know about an employee's sex life. However, ENDA would transform the workplace into an environment in which certain self-identifications and conduct must be given special privileges by employers and in which any moral or religious expression in opposition would be suppressed.
"Americans should be free to disagree, but ENDA would lead to a form of reverse discrimination. Anyone who expresses or promotes a view of family or morality that can be interpreted to be a disapproval of homosexual or transgender conduct will be subject to retaliation and discrimination. We have already seen numerous examples of this due to state and local laws, so a federal ENDA will increase such discrimination," concluded Perkins.
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