Thursday, October 31, 2013

Dubious Rubio's Frivolous Reason For Being Against ENDA

Sen. Marco Rubio has a new reason for not supporting ENDA. Rubio's spokeswoman Brooke Sammon told The Buzz against so-called "frivolous lawsuits."

"He believes people’s qualifications, performance and honesty are the most important qualities by which they should be judged in the workplace. If you’re a good worker, that’s all that should matter," spokeswoman Brooke Sammon said. "This legislation goes far beyond protecting workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation, and he is currently studying what kinds of burdens it could impose on small businesses, frivolous lawsuits that could result, and ensuring that religious freedoms under the First Amendment are protected."

Rubio is claiming that discriminating against gays is a First Amendment right. Rubio should brush up on the equal protection clause in the Constitution. I don't believe for a second that Rubio would support a private business or government organization that fired straight people on religious grounds. Rubio can't come out and say that he doesn't support worker protection for gay and transgender people. Except that is exactly what Rubio told Think Progress.

RUBIO: 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.

There you have it.

The courts will likely rule in favor of religious organizations having anti-gay policies. I'm agnostic but I don't think the courts should meddle with religious institutions. No matter how disgusting I may find some of these organizations to be.

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At October 31, 2013 7:07 PM , Blogger Bryan Price said...

The law is the law.

I think we have to separate the church from its other businesses. The church can deal with its members as it wants. They are members of that church. When it comes to outside of the church, and their business such as hospitals and even their soup kitchens and thrift stores if they pay wages for people to work there without a requirement for being a member (which may be another different issue), then they really have to obey the law if if it goes against their beliefs.

Then again, it seems from the reports that I've read about Scientology, they believe in modern day slavery. I won't go into the whole argument of whether Scientology is a religion or just a scam.


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