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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies
July 15, 2013
ENDA Furthers Homosexual Lobby; AFA Points Out Harmful Effects
American Family Association Says Employment Nondiscrimination Act Demonstrates One More Advancement of Homosexual Agenda Trouncing Over Time-Honored Values

The gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgendered and queer agenda was pushed a step further last week, after a Senate panel approved a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity for any reason. 

According to the Associated Press, the measure won support from all of the Democrats and three Republicans on the 22-member committee, signaling it has a strong chance of passage in the full Senate. 

The vote comes just two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex spouses are entitled to the same federal benefits as other married couples in states where homosexual marriage is legal. 

“Since the Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 were announced in late June, the homosexual agenda has been pushed very quickly and with extreme force,” said American Family Association President, Tim Wildmon. “It’s clear that they are taking advantage of a window of opportunity when homosexuals and the radical inroads they are making into mainstream America are a ‘hot topic’ in our country. Think about the effects of this law. Potentially, our children’s teachers could come to public school one day as a man and the next as a woman, and there would be no way to stop this from happening. This is also one more step that the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgendered and queer community is trying to make to strip religious liberty from America.  The bill does contain an exemption that allows churches, religious schools and religious nonprofit organizations to make hiring decision based on the tenets of their faith, but based upon history, we know better - it’s only a matter of time before this is challenged or a loophole is found. Ironically, this could end up backfiring on the homosexual community when it comes to their hiring practices. In addition, every values-driven business owner in America could face a career-ending lawsuit every time he made a values-based personnel decision. This violates the Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of association.”  Current laws say that employers can’t discriminate on the basis of sex, race and national origin, but there is no language regarding gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgendered and queer workers. The bill would bar employers with 15 or more workers from using a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for making employment decisions, including hiring, firing, compensation or promotion.  

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have already approved laws banning workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and 17 of those also prohibit employers from discriminating based on gender identity.  For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net

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To interview a representative from American Family Association, Contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.  American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time.  Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association (AFA) in 1988. 

Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with over two million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry's monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio (AFR) banner. 

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and OneNewsNow.com, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as OneMillionMoms.com and OneMillionDads.com that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA web sites average over 40 million hits and five million visitors each month. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America.
 

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