The media and the blogosphere are starting to blossom with stories about ENDA on speculation that it will come to a vote in the House in two weeks. Compared to other LGBT issues, there have been very few stories about ENDA in the past year, a source of considerable frustration to me.
However, all's well that ENDA's well, and I'm pleased to see all of the publicity that ENDA is getting. It may even have been a good thing that ENDA did not have a high profile, because correspondingly less time was spent by anti-ENDA forces as well.
It looks like ENDA will go, but again, it's not so until we hear it from Speaker Pelosi. As we know, she has some reservations. I think the petition and the open letter from Cleve Jones will be helpful in persuading her. So again I ask that you sign the National Petition For ENDA, if you haven't already, and send it along to your friends and relations:
Of all the articles out there on ENDA today, my favorite is from "Just Out," a blog based on Portland, Oregon, which featured a post entitled "ENDA Blogswarm Moves Forward with Pelosi Petition." It gives me a feeling of Blogger Power, though the petition is really technically separate from the ENDA blogswarm. The petition was started by GetEqual, teaming up with the Courage Campaign. But you know what? We're all working on the same side, so hey, yeah baby, on with the blogswarm!
By the way, if any of you have websites, I have a great widget you can put on your sites so that people can sign up right there without leaving your site. Drop me a line if you want it.
Well, Congress is on recess after tomorrow for two weeks. But you're not on vacation. No way. You're busy emailing friends and relations getting this petition signed.
Here it is again in case you forgot. http://www.getequal.org/SpeakerPelosi_blog
By the way, the DADT enforcement changes have just been announced, and I have a sneaking suspicion that's all she wrote on DADT for this year. They'll declare victory, and say they're going to work really hard on that study next year. Really, really hard.
This whole year has been a real education for me in politics -- the real politics of DC. They announce X is going to happen, and then they work on Y instead. Y is all the rage for a while, until suddenly Z is unveiled and everyone celebrates Z. No one remembers X and Y, and if asked, they frown and say it was never on the table, or that it will happen next year. But Z fades in popularity, and suddenly, X comes back with a vengeance, and Y gets passed into law.
I'm not sure whether ENDA is X, Y or Z, but I'm going to keep working on it until the buzzer runs out.