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Published: Thursday, Nov. 7 2013 1:22 p.m. MST

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Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA

Bravo!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

"reality that the Republican-led House, where conservatives have a firm grip on the agenda, is unlikely to even vote on the legislation. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, maintains his longstanding opposition to the measure, arguing that it is unnecessary and certain to create costly, frivolous lawsuits for businesses."

Well done Boehner

Keep up the good work!

not here
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

And this is news that Lee voted NO? Just when has he voted yes on any thing? Oh wait he voted yes to shut down the Government, my bad.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

You know --
If the Equal Rights Amendment had passed,
we wouldn't be needing to spend all this time and money spelling out each and every little laws one issue at a time.

Ranch
Here, UT

Mike Lee voted to continue discriminating against LGBT citizens. No surprise there.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

We had a guy going through gender reassignment surgery where I work. One day HR sent out an email to all employees stating the company policy allows a person going through this procedure, to begin using the restrooms of the targeted gender, once the procedure reaches a certain place.

All the ladies protested.

Votes have consequences.

paintandestroy
Richmond/Cache, UT

All else being equal, good luck getting the job if your not the gay applicant

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@The Rock,

The crazy thing is most liberals support anyone using whichever restroom they feel most comfortable with, surgery or not.

So in other words, they support any male in the world who simply says "I am a woman" being able to walk in any female restroom/locker room in the world.

Be careful what you ask for. Every high school male could "decide to be a woman" whenever he wanted, and switch back and for whenever he wanted to as well.

Besides, surgery doesn't change anything.

Similarly, me asking a doctor to sew wings on my arms wouldn't turn me into a bird, just as a man asking a doctor to alter his physical appearance doesn't make him anything other than a man who has asked a doctor to alter his physical appearance.

There was an ABC article yesterday about a man who thinks he is a dog. Lots of similarities to those who may indeed THINK they are a different gender than competent medical professionals have concluded.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

"Gender reassignment"? I just love the every growing PC lexicon...

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Senator Lee is waiting to cause another Seven Billion Dollar needless government shutdown.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@The Rock,

Isnt it funny that some people seem to think a doctor can change someone's gender? The irony too is a person who undergoes such a surgery seems to be admitting they are not the gender they wish to be, if they feel they need to change something in order to try and be the gender they wish they were. Silly liberals, trying to change the definition of what is a man and what is a woman. Even most 4 year olds know what makes someone a man and what makes someone a woman.

rw123
Sandy, UT

If you listen carefully enough, you'll hear the slow, but certain undertones of the erosion of religious freedoms, even though they are supposed to be protected by the constitution. There are portent's in the wind of this erosion.

Those who say otherwise are either blind to the trends or specifically omitting the erosion from their dialogue, hoping we won't notice.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

And when House Republicans go on record as opposing ENDA, which we all know they will, they'll return to the hoots and harrumphs of approval from within their gerrymandered infra-red districts... and then wonder what went wrong when they lose control of the House in 2014.

t702
Las Vegas, NV

Don't we have existing laws that prohibits discrimination against race, religion, gender, etc?

This is just liberals creating work for their pals, trial laywers, so they pass their outrages fees to the rest of us

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

USALover,

I know, isn't it funny. We should also start supporting "age reassignment" for people who think they are a different age than they are. And species reassignment, for people who don't feel like humans but different species. It's all too funny!

Mikhail
ALPINE, UT

Really??? This is an issue that really needs attention? Now? I think that the discrimination might be running in the opposite direction. This is a set-up to make people think that conservatives are homo-phobic and don't want gay people to be treated the same as everyone else. Both are lies. The Senate is trying to set up the House on this one. Rather than understanding that such laws are non-sense and are not needed - and may lead to more problems than solutions - those in the Senate that voted for it are trying to drive a wedge between conservative America and Progressive Amerika. Nice going, Orrin. You have sold out once again. Never ceasing to disappoint...

Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT

Chris B,

The vote wasn't on gender reassignment or who uses which restroom. It was specifically on could a business fire someone solely for being identified as gay. This is a fairness issue. I'm not a supporter of gay rights to any extreme, but this is a fairness issue. Should we economically persecute people if we don't agree with their opinions or private lifestyle, especially if those opinions or lifestyles do not affect the workplace? I don't think we should.

And if gays are granted protections in the workplace, perhaps they can return the favor and not seek to push religious opinions or practices out of the public space.

Doogie
South Jordan, Utah

Wow Chris B when things don't involve the Utes you actually make a lot of sense!

Why do people continue to disparage Mike Lee when the real culprit is the RHINO Orrin Hatch. He is voting for more frivolous lawsuits and government red tape with this bill. Why is no one addressing the fact that Hatch has a lower approval rating than Lee? I wonder why? Could it be that Lee at least has the convictions to stand up for the constitution and keeping government out of our lives. How is Obamacare treating everyone? Doesn't seem like it is too popular and that our president has been lying to the American public for years. Maybe Lee was a bit smarter than everyone else back there and didn't bow down to pressure or the Elite viewpoints. Hatch once voted against this bill, what happened? Does he have a spine?

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

Chris B, you really ought to research the subject of transgendered individuals before delivering wildly simplistic and just plain incorrect pronouncements about people who undergo gender change surgeries.

Mikhail
ALPINE, UT

"The Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania that would have expanded the number of groups that are covered under the religious exemption. Opponents argued that it would undermine the core bill."

It looks to me as though the supports of the bill don't like religious people because they might "undermine" support for such legislation.

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