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Catholic Bishops Oppose Discrimination, Oppose ENDA Too

Catholic Bishops Oppose Discrimination, Oppose ENDA Too

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The bishops outline typical complaints about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in a letter to the U.S. Senate, such as that it 'threatens religious liberty.'

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes "unjust discrimination," but it also opposes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, according to a letter the group sent to the U.S. Senate.

The conference, which speaks for the Roman Catholic Church on public policy matters, sent the letter last week, saying ENDA "rejects the biological basis of gender," "threatens religious liberty," affirms and supports sex outside marriage, and could be used to support same-sex marriage rights -- many of the typical complaints about LGBT-inclusive antidiscrimination laws.

The conference also objects to ENDA's lack of a "bona fide occupational qualification" exemption, which it says is necessary "for those cases where it is neither unjust nor inappropriate to consider an applicant's sexual inclination."

The letter was signed by Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, all of whom chair conference committees or subcommittees. It can be viewed on the conference's website.

ENDA would prohibit job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate took a cloture vote Monday to prevent a filibuster on the bill, and it is likely to vote Thursday on whether to pass the measure. The Senate will probably approve ENDA, but there is more opposition to the measure in the House of Representatives.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.