Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Legislators of the Day: Montana's Baucus and Tester

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 12, 2009 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, Politics
Tags: employment discrimination, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA, Max Baucus, Montana

Montana is a key state in the fight for ENDA.

There are two votes in play here. Please call them today to ask for their support. Facts and contact info after the jump.

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Senator Baucus cosponsored a previous bill with sexual orientation and voted for the hate crimes bill. On a side note, according to Wikipedia, the 2002 Montana elections got national attention when Baucus's opponent, state senator Mike Taylor, accused Baucus of having implied that Taylor was gay in a campaign ad. The ad, which alleged that Taylor had embezzled funds from the cosmetology school he once owned, showed footage from the early 1980s of Taylor massaging another man's face while wearing a tight suit with an open shirt. Taylor dropped out of the race and Baucus won with 63 percent of the vote. However, the ad was paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, not by the Baucus campaign. Given Baucus's recent record, it looks like he is, in fact, a friend of the LGBT community. Please call him at 406-657-6790.

Senator Tester has spoken against gay marriage, according to Wikipedia. However, he sees Constitutional bans on the issue as unnecessary. More importantly, he has confirmed his support for ENDA in a letter to a Projector (comment 3). He also previously voted for the hate crimes bill. Please call him at 406-252-0550.

Please call them today to ask for their support for S 1584, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

I note that Montana's only Representative, Denny Rehberg, voted against ENDA in 2007. If you want to contact him, he's at 406-443-7878.

If you want to see info on the ENDA target list for the Senate, click here.


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