LGBT non-discriminationbill ‘a winning wedge issuefor Democrats’
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
LGBT rights supporters are calling fora Senate hearing and committee vote todraw attention to one of the longestsought pieces of pro-LGBT legislationin Congress: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.While the Republican takeover of theHouse in 2010 makes any movement of the legislation in that chamber unlikely,Democrats remain in control of theSenate and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), alongtime supporter of ENDA, remainschair of the Senate Health, Education,Labor & Pensions Committee, which has jurisdiction over the bill.Tico Almeida, president of Freedom toWork, called Harkin a “strong championfor workplace fairness for all Americans”and said ENDA supporters are fortunatethe Iowa Democrat heads the panelresponsible for the legislation.“I hope he will use his chairmanship toorganize an ENDA hearing this spring orsummer,” Almeida said. “Given that 70or 80 percent of Americans are in favorof ENDA, and that support crosses partylines, this is a winning wedge issue forDemocrats to use in an election year.”Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for TransgenderEquality, said ENDA supporters havebeen asking the committee for a hearing“for a long time” throughout the courseof the 112th Congress.“When there’s nothing else going on, it’s
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Guarnizo denied communion tolesbian at her mother’s funeral
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
A priest who refused to serve communion to a lesbian at her mother’s funeralservice last month at a Catholic church in Gaithersburg, Md., has been removedfrom the church and placed on administrative leave pending an investigation,according to a letter from the Archdiocese of Washington to all of its priests.The March 9 letter, written by Bishop Barry C. Knestout, chief of staff to CardinalDonald Wuerl, who heads the Archdiocese, said the action taken against FatherMarcel Guarnizo was based on allegations that he engaged in “intimidatingbehavior” against members of the staff and “others” at St. John Neumann CatholicChurch, where he served as a parish priest.The letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Blade, makesno mention of the allegation by D.C. resident Barbara Johnson that Guarnizo
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, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said ENDAsupporters have sought a hearing on the bill throughout the 112th Congress.
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Priest removedfrom Md. church
New push for Senate hearing on ENDA
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