Homo What They Said…
posted by November 9 at 9:39 AMon
The NYT today on the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act by the U.S. House of Representatives:
Winning a majority in the House required a painful decision by the billís sponsors to jettison language extending the prohibition against employment discrimination to transgender individuals. As a result, some gay rights groups opposed the final bill.
We sympathize with the groupsí sense of injustice, but disagree heartily as to strategy. Transgender people should be protected from discrimination, and we hope they soon will be. It would have been regrettable, however, had the sponsors refused to compromise, and as a result, lost the chance to extend basic civil rights to the millions of Americans who would be covered by the current bill.
Throughout American history, civil rights have been achieved in incremental steps. The landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, for example, barred race discrimination in public accommodations, an enormous step forward at the time. It wasnít until the next year that Congress protected voting rights in a separate bill.