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dcagenda.com • vol. 2, issue 3 • january 15, 2010
Great expectations as Congress returns from recess
Movement on ENDA,‘Don’t Ask’ repealcould be imminent
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@dcagenda.com
As lawmakers hash out the 2010legislative schedule for Congress,LGBT rights supporters are anticipatinga House markup for the long-soughtEmployment Non-Discrimination Actwithin the next month.Sources familiar with Capitol Hillsaid the House Education & LaborCommittee will take up ENDA, whichwould bar job bias against LGBTpeople in the public and private work-force, shortly after lawmakers returnfrom holiday break.Last year, House and Senatecommittees held hearings on legisla-tion that would provide workplaceprotections for LGBT people. Thenext step in both committees — theEducation & Labor Committee in theHouse and the Health, Education,Labor & Pensions Committee in theSenate — is reporting out the legis-lation so floor votes can take place.Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), a gaylawmaker who serves on the HouseEducation & Labor Committee, saidhe’s expecting a markup of the legis-lation either this month or inFebruary and a floor vote soon after.“Once it’s been marked up incommittee, it’s simply a matter ofscheduling it for the floor, and that ofcourse depends on what else is com-ing to the floor, whether it’s healthcare or what[ever] it is, but it should-n’t take very long,” he said.Also expecting an ENDA markupin the House shortly is AllisonHerwitt, legislative director for theHuman Rights Campaign.
Conservative membersof Congress alsoentering legal fray
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
Gay marriage opponents havefiled papers with the city’s electionboard proposing two more ballotmeasures to overturn a same-sexmarriage law the D.C. City Councilpassed and Mayor Adrian Fentysigned in December.Bishop Harry Jackson, theBeltsville, Md., minister who is lead-ing efforts to oppose same-sex mar-riage in the District, filed papers lastweek calling for a voter referendumto block the Religious Freedom &Civil Marriage Equality AmendmentAct from becoming law.And in a separate developmentthat went largely unnoticed, Ward 8resident Joyce Little filed papers withthe Board of Elections & Ethics onDec. 23 calling for a voter initiativethat seeks to overturn the same-sexmarriage bill by banning same-sexmarriage in the city.“The purpose of this initiative is toallow the citizens of the District ofColumbia to vote to preserve tradi-tional marriage as between one manand one woman,” Little wrote in asummary statement submitted to theelection board.The election board scheduled aFeb. 16 public hearing for Little’s ini-tiative. Board General Counsel
(D-Colo.) told DC Agenda this week that he’s expecting a markup of Employment Non-DiscriminationAct this month or next.
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Two D.C. ballot measures seekto ban same-sex marriage