If everything goes as planned, gay rights history will be made on Thursday in the Senate.
Senate Majority LeaderHarry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday set up the the final series of votes for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — which prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity — culminating in a vote final passage on Thursday afternoon if the bill passes a key, 60-vote threshold procedural test in the morning.
Senate passage of ENDA seemed more and more likely Wednesday after the Senate unanimously accepted an amendment by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) protecting religious groups exempted under the legislation from government retaliation. That amendment likely secured the vote of several other Republicans pushing for that language, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Did you see Kelly Ayotte at her town hall meetings? She has all the charm and warmth of…an ice cube…or Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader of the Senate. Kelly showed her constituents what it is to be a GOP Lemming. When they asked her, “What is so wrong with universal background checks,” Senator Ayotte regurgitated the script that all Republican stooges have memorized invoking current laws and mental health concerns. [Gun control advocates are not for creating a national gun registry.] As is typical with Republican critics of new gun control legislation, Ayotte offered nothing new to the national conversation. Heretofore, I thought of Kelly as a backdrop to male GOP colleagues when they speak on TV. It is too bad our Forefathers did not give us the option of recalling politicians who ignore the will of 90% of the people. 😦 —GoodOleWoody