Bil Browning

Barney Frank on ENDA's Future After His Retirement [Open Thread]

Filed By Bil Browning | November 29, 2011 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Barney Frank, Congressional Democrats, employment discrimination, ENDA, Massachusetts, public accommodations

Presented without commentary... I'd rather hear what y'all have to say about Representative Barney Frank's idea on how to pass ENDA Barney-Frank-in-2009--300x212.jpgafter he retires in 2012.

Regarding ENDA, specifically, he said, "There were two problems. First of all, there was a crowded agenda. ... And then there was this issue of transgender inclusion. My own state of Massachusetts ... showed a way to break thorough that. Now, I might get an argument with some of my allies and friends here about the dimensions of that. The Massachusetts legislation just passed and the governor signed a bill that prohibits discrimination against people based on gender identity -- they already had one about sexual orientation -- but it's about employment, it does not include public accommodations. It avoids the whole issue of what happens in locker rooms and bathrooms."

He concluded: "The next time we have a Democratic president, House and Senate, I think you could get that type of Massachusetts bill through."

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