On July 10, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will be voting on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). This means that the lgbt community and our allies had better get our asses in gear because you just KNOW the opposition are getting ready to push the standard lies.
When things like this happen, one thing which we are vitally missing is accurate information to put out there, bombard folks with, or to overcome all of the lies. And one thing we do need to combat with as much vigor as raising hell at a Cher concert are the lies.
According to Media Matters, here are the top six lies that anti-gay groups spread about ENDA. I've condensed the information but click on the links to read the lies in full as well as information to refute the distortions:
Myth: ENDA Forces Religious Organizations To Hire LGBT People
Fact: ENDA Includes Exemptions For Religious Organizations
Myth: ENDA Creates Special Protections For LGBT Workers
Fact: ENDA Extends Already Existing Civil Rights Protections To LGBT People
Fact: ENDA Prohibits Preferential Treatment For LGBT Employees
Myth: ENDA Prohibits Employers From Maintaining Dress Codes
Fact: ENDA Allows Employers To Maintain Dress Codes
Myth: ENDA Increases The Risk Of Sexual Assault In Workplace Restrooms
Fact: Employment Discrimination Laws Haven't Led To Increased Rates Of Sexual Assault
Myth: ENDA Causes Discrimination Against Religious Employees
Fact: ENDA Only Requires Employers To Prevent Harassment Of LGBT Employees
Myth: LGBT People Don't Experience Workplace Discrimination
Fact: LGBT People Continue To Face High Rates Of Workplace Discrimination
For those who need a basic definition of what ENDA will do, the following is it:
ENDA would bar companies from factoring sexual orientation or gender identity into employment decisions. Employers are already prohibited by federal law from discriminating over race, religion, age, gender or disability. The proposal exempts businesses with fewer than 15 employees as well as religious organizations.