It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.
This quote from Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities captures how I feel about LGBT rights these days, and ENDA in particular. We have a fierce advocate in the White House; that same person has never mentioned ENDA and has started pushing DADT repeal (though not for now, no next year, maybe).
We have Rep. Barney Frank, who has aggressively championed ENDA since its introduction in 1994; that same person has predicted a vote on ENDA in September, October, November, January, February and March and here it is March 8 and nothing has happened to indicate any movement.
We have a Chair of the House Committee on Labor and Education, Rep. George Miller, who has proclaimed his support of LGBT rights and ENDA, over and over again; that same person is sitting on ENDA since November, when the markup was postponed, on the ground that a few language tweaks needed four months to process.
We have Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was quoted in the paper a year ago saying that ENDA is first priority, but yet she is saying nothing while it languishes in committee for months with her good friend, Rep. Miller.
What should we do?