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Tammy Baldwin Secures ENDA Votes?

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Big news out of DC! Sappho-politico Tammy Baldwin says she may havesecured the votes needed to reattach gender identity to the recently truncated Employment Non-Discrimination Act (HR 3685).

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) announced today that she has secured an agreement from the Democratic leadership to introduce an amendment to H.R. 3685 that would restore gender identity protections to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The amendment would be considered on the House floor next week, after the bill moves through the House Education and Labor Committee this Thursday.

Upon hearing the news, United ENDA – a broad-based coalition – released the following statement:

Clearly, our preferred strategy is to pass the original ENDA (H.R. 2015) out of committee. However, if we are faced with a non-inclusive bill following the committee vote, we will work with Congresswoman Baldwin to repair ENDA to include protections on the basis of gender identity.

The group also celebrates its massive efforts – as it should.

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Oct 17, 2007
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  • 8 Comments
    • ajax
      ajax

      Tammy, if I were a man, I’d plant a kiss on that great, big brain of yours. Wait – I am a man. Damn those gay genes, damn, them!

      Oct 17, 2007 at 12:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. B
      Mr. B

      Tammy’s out and proud herself, Ajax.

      Oct 17, 2007 at 2:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Craftypenguin
      Craftypenguin

      Go Tammy! She’s our homegirl here in Madison, WI. and we love her a lot.

      Oct 17, 2007 at 2:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gregg
      Gregg

      If she can secure the votes, that’s great -

      Oct 17, 2007 at 3:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Laurel
      Laurel

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but she never stated that she has the votes. What she stated is that she has an agreement from the leadership to allow her to offer an amendment. Not the same thing! now, she may not have entertained the notion of the amendment unless she felt the votes were there, but she never said as much outright.

      Oct 17, 2007 at 4:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • allstarecho
      allstarecho

      Let me correct this story… not all of the organizations that are part of United ENDA support the amendment. The amendment, while great because it adds transgender folk back to the ENDA bill, still does not address or fix the loopholes in ENDA that still allow for discrimination. What is the point of passing ENDA if it is full of loopholes, as pointed out by Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, that still allow discrimination?

      Oct 17, 2007 at 4:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Leland Frances
      Leland Frances

      “massive efforts”??? While even an honest count of the groups involved in ENDA United,—that is, one deducting all the multiple counts of the same heads/the overlapping memberships of groups such as GLSEN national and Washington state’s GLSEN or Transgender American Veterans Association national and the Massachusetts Chapter of Transgender American Veterans Association—would leave a significant number of unique organizations, honesty also demands noting that (a) many of these groups are microscopic in size, and (b) the inclusion of larger groups usually represents only the voice of their leaders not the membership at-large. Did Matt “Rev. Jim Jones” Foreman take a vote of NGLTF members before jumping on his lavender horse? As such, we mustn’t confuse unprecedented participation with actual huge numbers. In reality, it is but the active voices of probably no more than a couple of thousand people. 1000 more than that attended HRC’s annual dinner a couple of week’s ago while less than 100 people demonstrated outside against their caution re the chances of different versions of the legislation. Statistical games and propaganda aside, the majority of the gay and lesbian community is clearly sitting this one out.

      Others are free to debate my math, but massive or not their effort so far is only sound and fury. Only time will tell if it signifies more than that.

      Oct 17, 2007 at 5:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • J
      J

      Tammy Baldwin is doing the honest work that John Aravosis won’t. While Aravosis has been crying there aren’t enough votes (while saying out the other side of his mouth that he simply doesn’t believe Ts are our issue), Baldwin is tangibly taking the fight for human rights forward. That is leadership, and it stands in contrast to Aravosis’ dishonest sniping. Tammy’s working, John’s just blogging.

      Oct 18, 2007 at 10:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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