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  1. Bill Perdue 11 Sep 2007, 5:39pm

    EDNA is the acronym of a bill currently before Congress that would extend employment protects similar to those enjoyed (?) by women, African Americans, Latinos, etc. For gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and trangendered people in the US EDNA is good news, but not in the way most people thnk.The EDNA we’re going to get will be watered down, but even a weak EDNA is good news. It’ll be immediately useful in larger companies, and soon filter down to smaller ones. Its going to include insulting loopholes exempting christian totalitarians but that can be challenged in court: “If superstitious groups can’t discriminate against national minorities or women, how is it just that they discriminate against us?”The biggest obstacle to workplace equality, of course, is that the US is a feeding ground for the superrich. They own the businesses that discriminate and the politicians who’ll decide EDNA’s scope and enforcement parameters. They make money not paying benefits, paying lower wages, pitting workers against one another. etc. EDNA, because it’ll originate in the Congress of the rich, might be another suycess story and as successful as the Drug Enforcement Administration is in quashing drugs, or teh FBI’s efforts to stop terrorist attacks, or the Food and Drug Administrations campaign to keep us healthy. And I suppose we don’t have to mention mining and bridge inspectors, Veterans Administration doctors or levee maintainers in New Orleans Or the stunning successes of the US Civil Rights Commissions efforts to stamp out racism and misogyny. You get the picture…The good news is that EDNA is a tool we can use to organize. We can mount joint campaigns with unions, immigrants, African Americans, women, etc., and others who get the short end of the stick at work. We’ll be compelled to fight to make EDNA work for us and it will be those fights, not Congressional compromise and cowardice, that will make it a worthwhile law.

  2. Robert, ex pat Brit 11 Sep 2007, 7:30pm

    Bill, UK LGBT people can take comfort in that they already have laws protecting them from job/housing disrimination based on sexual orientation along with the delivery of goods and services bill in place. They’re enjoying a lot more equality than we are in the U.S. The UK government gave the RC church the finger when it came to opposing gays adopting children which they now can, ditto any religious denomination.Robert, ex-pat Brit.

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