The New York Times spilled some ink today to discuss the recently passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Not surprisingly, the left-leaning paper urges the Senate and President Bush to move forward with the law and protect America’s gay people. The paper also takes some time to celebrate Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin, the homo-politicos who helped push ENDA’s painful passage. Here’s what the gray lady says about the controversial trans-exclusion:
Transgender people should be protected from discrimination, and we hope they soon will be. It would have been regrettable, however, had the sponsors refused to compromise, and as a result, lost the chance to extend basic civil rights to the millions of Americans who would be covered by the current bill.
Throughout American history, civil rights have been achieved in incremental steps. The landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, for example, barred race discrimination in public accommodations, an enormous step forward at the time. It wasnâ€™t until the next year that Congress protected voting rights in a separate bill.
We bet the NY Times five dollars trans-rights aren’t passed next year. Or the year after. Regardless, they’ve got a point, even if they’re taking a bit of an overly optimistic view.