The prospects of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act look grim, that is to say, they look like they’ve always looked. Bi-partiasn support is basically a dream at this point since the Republicans are determined to be a nightmare.
With the GOP struggling to rebrand itself as not a bunch of openly racist, homophobic misogynists raging against the machine of change and progress, Marco Rubio’s distinctly Latino name has been bandied about to lead the Republicans into its next phase. But Rubio’s got the old GOP song and dance down pat.
ThinkProgress caught up with the Florida Senator and got his uninformed opinion on ENDA:
TP: The Senate this summer is going to be taking up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which makes it illegal to fire someone for being gay. Do you know if you’ll be supporting that?
MR: I haven’t read the legislation. By and large I think all Americans should be protected but I’m not for any special protections based on orientation.
TP: What about on race or gender?
MR: Well that’s established law.
TP: But not for sexual orientation?
The silence speaks volumes, as do Rubio’s claims that he’s been improperly labeled a bigot. Well, if the shoe fits and Rubio’s gonna need some sole if he’s going to tap his way ahead of the pack vying for GOP leadership. He’ll of course be dancing all over ENDA’s grave.