The activists of GetEqual interrupted a meeting of the House Committee on Education and Labor today, handing Chairman George Miller a magic marker labelled "GetEqual: Markup ENDA."
"I don't know if it's because of the recession that you guys you can't afford markers, or whatever the issue is, but in our community there are people being fired because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender."
Mitchell refused to take the marker but told the activists that the committee plans to consider ENDA soon.
"We're working on it as expeditiously as we can," Miller said.
Another unidentified committee member could be heard voicing opposition to ENDA.
"This is the problem with this. There's no end to it. You're never going to satisfy them all," the unidentified lawmaker said.
I am of two minds about whether this will be helpful in moving ENDA forward.
More info available here: http://www.dallasvoice.com/instant-tea/2010/04/21/getequal-interrupts-house-committee-meeting-to-demand-markup-of-enda/ and pictures here: http://www.towleroad.com/2010/04/getequal-disrupts-house-education-and-labor-committee-meeting-delivers-markers-for-markup-of-enda.html
On the one hand, Chairman George Miller of the House Committee on Education and Labor is a friend of the LGBT community, and clearly wants to move ENDA. His good faith is clear.
On the other hand, here we are a week and a half after the Easter Recess, and nothing is even scheduled. We have stories in the press about Steny Hoyer and Barney Frank saying this will happen soon. But why didn't the Committee at least say something about when this markup is going to be scheduled? Why didn't we hear anything about the result of the whip count taking place? Why did we hear nothing about a scheduling of the floor vote?
Communication, people! It's what keeps a community working smoothly together.
While GetEqual may be pissing off our friends a bit, I don't fault them for wanting to get some information about what is going on. After all, we've been promised an ENDA vote every month since last summer, and not a darn thing has happened.