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Received this e-mail today from congressional candidate and Iraq & Afghanistan war veteran Kevin Strouse (D. PA-08) who is running against Tea Party Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R. PA-08) next year:
Yesterday, the Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in hopes of finishing the 17-year fight to end workplace discrimination against LGBT employees. This is fantastic progress.

But now is when things get tough. Speaker Boehner has vowed to halt any progress on this historic legislation. He’s not only refusing to bring ENDA to a vote, he believes the bill would lead to “frivolous litigation.”

There is absolutely nothing frivolous about protecting more than 4 million LGBT Americans from workplace discrimination.

Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is something every single American is entitled to. Boehner has crossed the line -- and we have to fight back.

Sign your name: Join me and Democrats across the country in demanding Boehner do the right thing and pass ENDA >>

http://www.dccc.org/...

This has been a huge year for LGBT rights. But as Boehner’s attitude demonstrates, we still have a long way to go.

Workplace discrimination is unacceptable. Let’s end this now:

Support Equal Rights? Sign your name >>

http://www.dccc.org/...

We can’t let this go on for one more day. Thanks for stepping up.

Kevin

You can click here to add your name:

http://www.dccc.org/...

If you want to learn more about Strouse's campaign, you can do so here:

In this Oct. 3, 2013, Democratic Congressional hopeful Kevin Strouse, who is running in Pennsylvania's 8th District, poses for a portrait at his campaign office in Bristol, Pa. Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick always had been expected to face a tough re-election fight. Then he sided with GOP leadership and a tea party insisting that a federal spending plan to keep the government open must delay or defund President Barack Obama's health care law.  Strouse, one of the Democratic opponents, has used the shutdown to try and paint Fitzpatrick as too conservative for the district.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
http://www.kevinstrouse.com/

Originally posted to pdc on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 03:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Philly Kos, LGBT Kos Community, In Support of Labor and Unions, DKos Pennsylvania, Military Community Members of Daily Kos, Milk Men And Women, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 03:00:13 PM PST

  •  Good nt (0+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 03:38:52 PM PST

  •  The "17-year fight"? (1+ / 0-)
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    SouthernLeveller

    Um, I'm sure Strouse is a nice guy and has good intentions, but the LGBT movement has been fighting for ENDA since the 1970s.  

    Lest people think I'm picking nits, I think it's important to remind everyone that the struggle for LGBT equality and the fight to pass this law did not begin a mere 17 years ago.  We've been working on this for more than three decades.  It's a bit annoying to see a Democratic candidate who seems to think our efforts to get ENDA enacted started sometime during Bill Clinton's second term.

    It's a little like the folks who think the LGBT movement started in 1969 with the Stonewall Riots.  It didn't.  It's been around a lot longer than that.  

    So let's at least try and get the history right, shall we?

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 05:34:41 PM PST

  •  Any talk of a discharge petition (0+ / 0-)

    Being put up for ENDA? At the very least, that might put some pressure for Boehner to be forced to invoke the Hastert rule on this.

    Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

    by MrAnon on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 08:29:39 PM PST

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