Polis subsequently introduced a resolution before the House Rules Committee that would narrow ENDA’s religious exemption in the event the committee approved the bill for a vote on the House floor, according to the Washington Blade.
It is that version of ENDA that would come up for a vote if the discharge petition is successful, although it remains to be seen how that version of ENDA would fare in the Senate, where a more expanded religious exemption was deemed necessary for passage.The discharge petition would need the backing of 218 lawmakers to force consideration in the House.
The Hill reports that discharge petitions are rarely successful, and Polis’ petition is likely an attempt to highlight the issue ahead of the midterm elections.
Along with Polis, who is co-chairman of the LGBT Equality Caucus, Reps. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), John Garamendi (D-Calif.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) signed the petition.
A 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruling could have wide impacts for LGBTQ folks who believe they’ve been discriminated against in the workplace. While the ruling upheld it was still not against the law to discriminate against folks because of their sexuality, it did recognize sexuality under “sex” in line with anti-sex discrimination laws. Check [...]