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10/23/2007

White House: No Gay-Centric Veto Left Behind

by Jeremy Hooper

Following speculation from "anti-gay" activists like Peter LaBarbera that Pres. Bush might sign ENDA (The Employment Non-Discrimination Act) if it made it to his desk, the White House has issues a statement saying that "[t]he bill raises concerns on constitutional and policy grounds, and if H.R. 3685 were presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill":

STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY -- ENDA (pdf) [White House]

First an announcement that you'd nix a measure that protects gays from hate crimes, and now the revelation that you'll kill a bill that'd help eliminate workplace discrimination. Is there some sort of competition for most misguided usage of vetoes for which you kids are bucking, or do you really just not care for gay people?! Sheesh.

In the memo, the White House staffers cite as reasons why they want the measure vetoed such fallacious things as the supposed burdening of religious freedom that they feel the bill would introduce, as well as the provisions that they feel would weaken DOMA (with them even using the words "sanctity of marriage" in the release). In fact, upon reading it, we hear all of the nation's most rabidly anti-gay groups silenced all fears that they'd be facing a hiring crisis come January 2009.

**UPDATE: Earlier today we saw CWA's Matt Barber outline his flawed reasons why ENDA should be vetoed. Quite tellingly, it seems Bush & Co. have appeased his mind:

CWA Thanks President Bush for ENDA Veto Pledge [CWA]

**UPDATE2: PageOne Q is now ever-so-subtly reporting that the House ENDA vote, originally scheduled for tomorrow, has been delayed:

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