Thursday, September 27, 2007

Is it the transpeople who David Scott can't fully support?

No, David Scott still hasn't cosponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and perhaps this is why. From Pam's House Blend:

Who knew that Lou Sheldon's hysterical propaganda about "she-males" and bathrooms would cause Dems to start quivering over support for the trans-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

The Washington Blade has been looking into the goings-on behind the scenes on the Hill as prospects for the bill's passage are being weighed.

"House Democratic leaders are strongly considering dropping anti-discrimination protections for transgender persons from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, after an internal Democratic head count on Wednesday found that the bill would likely be defeated if it included the trans provision, multiple sources familiar with the bill said.

"As of late Wednesday, it appeared likely that the trans provision would be removed, setting up a potentially divisive fight within gay activist circles over whether or not to support an ENDA bill that excludes trans people.

"The leader of one of the nation’s most prominent transgender rights groups expressed strong skepticism over reports that support for the transgender provision was eroding.

"'I do think we have the votes to pass this bill,' said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Rights. 'We’re getting down to the wire, and whenever you get close to a vote on an important bill like this, some people always get worried.'"

The word is that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is worried about how debate over gender identity would play on the floor. What kind of nonsense is this? Of course it is going to be contentious.

You know, I kinda wondered if this weren't the reason that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act has fewer cosponsors in the 110th than it had in the 108th Congress: members of Congress - like David Scott - are "uncomfortable" with transpeople.

Which is to say, while our MCs may dislike discrimination against gay people, they don't dislike it quite enough to give up their right to discriminate against transpeople. Such wonderful character, our Congress.

Now, I know that David Scott will probably vote for this bill, with or without the transgender provision - he's said he would. But it's his weak response to the bill - as evidenced by his failure to cosponsor - that makes it easier for Democrats like, oh, say, Sanford Bishop and John Barrow, to remain silent or oppose it outright. Erstwhile liberals like David Scott lower the bar for decent behavior, allowing the still more erst to hop right over.

I'd at least like to see them climb and scrape a bit.

If you feel the same, especially if you are a constituent, give him a call:

173 North Main Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236
ph: (770) 210 - 5073
fax: (770) 210- 5673

888 Concord Road, Suite 100
Smyrna, GA 30080
ph: (770) 432 -5405
fax: (770) 432 - 5813

All I want to see is his name on a list like this, rather than see it pop up again on a list like this.