"The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement...
But even if the bill were to make it through [the Senate], it would require passage in the House. And with Boehner coming out in opposition, it seems unlikely that it would even get a vote.
Boehner isn't just afraid the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will increase frivolous litigation. He's concerned, I'd bet my last faggoty paycheck, that Boehner's afraid it will increase legitimate litigation, lawsuits against the acres of bigots like him who want to treat gay-employees like dispensable punching bags for bullyish straight co-workers. And those cases will make anti-gay ridicule in the workplace as toxic as racist talk is now.
Which is an asshole position for Boehner—but let him.
Let Boehner and the GOP fall on their homophobic, misogynistic, anti-immigrant, racist sword just like they have before. Let them repeat their failures of the presidential race—where they lost for lack of female, Latino, black, and gay voters because they were rightly seen as backing sexist, racist, bigoted policy—when they run again in mid-terms and the next presidential race. Let voters keep fleeing from their party. Let them block ENDA, and let them wither into a tiny party of superstitious straight white dudes.
But ENDA will pass eventually. I went and saw Ender's Game this weekend—it was fun—and didn't give a shit about Orson Scott Card's storied record of homophobia. Card, Boehner, and the rest of those jackals have already lost. For the first time last fall, voters approved gay marriage by a majority popular vote—in Maine, Maryland, and Washington State—just before the Supreme Court struck down DOMA and Proposition 8. Now judges and county clerks around the country are backing marriage equality. More states are on the way. Boehner has lost this fight over gay rights. And to the extent that he can hold back ENDA and other good legislation in the short term, which sucks, it comes with the silver lining that he's neutering the entire racist, sexist, homophobic GOP in the long run .