Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Click Here To Email 20 House Republicans Open to ENDA

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 02, 2009 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Politics
Tags: employment discrimination, employment inequality, Employment non-discrimination, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA, HR 3017

ThereRainbow elephant.jpg are 20 fair-minded House Republicans who appear to be open towards ENDA, but have not yet gone public with their support. They are just as important as the 45 Democrats who are unconfirmed, and may be more open than some of the Democrats.

What are they waiting for?

They are waiting for you to ask.

Please email and ask them to support HR 3017, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. If you are a constituent and want to set up a meet with them, click here.

The full list of unconfirmed Representatives, both Democrats and Republicans, can be found by clicking here, and will be continuously updated until ENDA 09 is completed.

I arrived at this list of fair-minded Republicans by looking at their voting records on two related proposals: the 2007 ENDA vote, and the 2009 hate crimes vote. These are not clear predictors. Why? The 2007 ENDA included only sexual orientation, and the 2009 ENDA goes a step farther. The 2009 hate crimes vote, while including bias crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity, is on a different subject matter from ENDA (hate crimes vs. job discrimination) and the bill did not define those terms, unlike ENDA.

You'll note three lists below. Some voted yes on ENDA 07 and yes on hate crimes 09. These Representatives are the most open-minded.

Some voted yes on ENDA 07, but no on hate crimes 09. They may feel philosophically opposed to hate crimes legislation, but for some reason unrelated to LGBT identity. They may have a problem with sexual orientation and gender identity being undefined in the hate crimes bill. They may be homophobic or concerned about homophobic constituents. They may be extremely open. We just don't know. It's worth a try.

Some voted yes on hate crimes 09, but were not in the House for ENDA 07 because they hadn't yet been elected. There's not a lot of information to go on, but what there is seems positive.

Of course, this is not an individualized assessment of each person, which would be better. I only have 24 hours in a day, however, and there is limit to the amount of analysis I can do. Those of you who have more time or know them well may be able to make better individualized analyses of these legislators. Feel free to chime in.

These disclaimers being made, it is undeniable that these Representatives are more sympathetic to our cause than those who voted against ENDA in 2007 and against the hate crimes bill in 2009.

So here they are with their voting records. Email them and ask them to support HR 3017, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because all Americans deserve equal opportunity.

List 1: Most Open: voted yes on ENDA 07 and yes on Hate Crimes 09:

Lincoln Diaz-Balart (CA-21)
Mario Diaz-Balart (CA-25)
Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02)
Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
Greg Walden (OR-02)
Jim Gerlach (PA-06)
Charlie Dent (PA-15)
Dave Reichert (WA-08)

List 2: Probably open: voted yes on ENDA 07 but no on Hate Crimes 09

Jeff Flake (AZ-06)
David Dreier (CA-26)
John Campbell (CA-48)
Candice Miller (MI-10)
Thaddeus McCotter (MI-11)
John M. McHugh (NY-23)
Patrick J. Tiberi (OH-12)
Tom Cole (OK-04)
Paul Ryan (WI-01)

List 3: May be open: voted yes on Hate Crimes 09 but not yet in office for ENDA 07

Mike Coffman (CO-06)
Joseph Cao (LA-02)
Bill Cassidy (LA-06)

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