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11/08/2013

Maggie Gallagher: Sen Coats' ENDA opposition is 'a profile in courage'

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2013-11-08 At 3.32.49 PmSen. Coats (R-IN) was the lone Republican to speak against the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which would do nothing more than expand federal workplace protections to include LGBT people. According to National Org. For Marriage co-founder Maggie Gallagher, standing against these kinds of protections is the new definition of political courage:

"The fight against using legitimate concern for gay and lesbian (and now transgendered) people as a club to beat down traditional believers and marginalize those who hold Biblical faiths in America has begun. Senator Coats’s speech is a profile in courage."

Maggie Gallagher, writing for National Review Online

Of course the truth is that ENDA neither beats down nor marginalizes anyone. It's just that conservative Americans like Gallagher and Coats have waged yet another campaign that makes an LGBT rights policy all about them and the hardships they will supposedly face rather than about the LGBT people who are at the heart of the discussion. This is the ego-driven spin through which the far right always tries to trip up LGBT rights progress. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Maggie might think it's a profile in courage. But then again, she also thought marriage discrimination was a way forward for both the GOP and the country. We all make (grave, party-damaging, legacy-tainting) mistakes.

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