"The fact that ENDA is unlikely to get a vote in the House gives us a chance to make sure the religious exemption comes out of this bill. That may make it harder to get it passed, and it may take a lot longer, but so be it. There are no shortcuts or bargains on civil rights. And quite honestly, when you ask for crumbs from the outset, both your friends and your enemies don't take you very seriously. We still need full protections in employment, housing and public accommodations, and none should include any religious exemptions."
-- Huffington Post Gay Voices Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile in an op-ed decrying the religious exemptions found in ENDA that aren't found in other civil rights legislation.
The exemptions were broadened yesterday evening when the Senate accepted an amendment that would "prevent federal, state and local governments from retaliating against religious groups that are exempt from the law." This would effectively gut any state or local non-discrimination laws or ordinances that doesn't allow the religious right to discriminate against LGBT people by claiming "Jeebus!"