Forced to Room with a Homosexual?

You would be if you rented a room in Washington, DC thanks to the “Human Rights” ordinances there, requiring no discrimination based on sexual orientation. So far these types of laws have been limited to liberal cities and states, but now they may be coming to your home town thanks to your federal government. Here’s the action alert I received from the American Family Association (see the full alert here):

A new bill, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), has been introduced in the House of Representatives by homosexual Congressman Barney Frank. The bill (HR 2015) would force organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Veterans of Foreign Wars, day care centers, Christian business owners, adoption agencies, public schools, municipalities and a host of other businesses and organizations to hire homosexual applicants.

ENDA would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or refuse to promote an employee based on his or her sexual orientation or “gender identity.” Such acts would be considered crimes subject to severe penalties. For a list of the co-sponsors of ENDA, click here.

The same day that ENDA was introduced, another bill — commonly called the Hate Crimes Act (HR 1592) — cleared committee for a full vote by the House. The Hate Crimes Act criminalizes a vast array of state and local acts and threatens religious leaders with criminal prosecution for their thoughts, beliefs, and statements.

The intent of the Hate Crimes Act is to give special status to homosexuals. Republicans tried to expand the “protected class” in the bill to include senior citizens, pregnant women, prior victims, children under 18, the unborn, court witnesses, the military and more. Democrats defeated all amendments, projecting the welfare of homosexuals above other classes of citizens. The House Judiciary Committee then passed the bill on strict party lines —20 Democrats for and 14 Republicans against.

After these laws are passed, then the regulating agencies go to town and have a field day dictating the nitty gritty about how these laws can be enforced. Here’s an example from DC’s Human Rights regulations:

No employer, housing provider, public accommodation, educational
institution, or any agency of the District of Columbia government or its contractors shall require individuals to dress or groom themselves in a manner inconsistent with their sex or their gender identity or expression.

'Stuart The male Patti' Female Impersonator - 1898 Library of Congress Collection

For example, if you own a store and one of your male employees wants to dress in a skirt and wear makeup when waiting on customers you MUST allow them or you are a criminal (and probably labeled a hate-criminal also).

Here’s another great one from the DC regs:

In gender-specific facilities where nudity in the presence of other people is customary, entities covered by the Act shall make reasonable accommodations to allow an individual access to and the use of the facility that is consistent with that individual’s gender identity or expression, regardless of whether the individual has provided identification or other documentation of their gender identity or expression.

So if you go to the public pool and a male transvestite shows up, he has to be allowed to use the FEMALE locker room because his expression is female.

Here are AFA’s suggested actions to oppose the

  1. Send an email to President Bush asking him to veto ENDA (HR 2015) and the Hate Crimes Act (HR 1592) bills.
  2. Call your representative and ask him or her to vote against ENDA and the Hate Crimes Act. You can reach your representative at 202-224-3121. If you don’t know your representatives name, simply give the operator your address and you will be given his or her name and connected with his or her office.