It also doesn't make any difference to Perkins that ENDA has been introduced in every Congress since 1994 (with the exception of 2005-2007 under George W. Bush). Or that the primary goal of ENDA is to curb discrimination in the workplace. Pehaps Tony Perkins thinks he's a prophet of decaying morals: "everyone" will be "potentially" "forced" to hire homosexuals and transgendered people. So the Perkins dog and pony show begins:
Stop Obama's Crossdresser Protection Bill
"...the Obama Administration dropped another bombshell in its agenda to radicalize America by appointing its first openly "transgender" person to a high federal post.
The day after Simpson began work, The New York Times reported that the main website advertising jobs with the federal government now says there will be no "discrimination" based on "gender identity"-even though Congress has never passed a law saying that.
This new policy applies only to the federal government. But there is a bill being considered in Congress, the so-called "Employment Non-Discrimination Act" (ENDA), which would require every employer in America to open every position to homosexuals (by making "sexual orientation" a protected category) and "transgenders" (by protecting "gender identity").
Dear Members of Congress and President Obama,
Please do not tarnish the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement by treating a person's chosen sexual behaviors or their gender self-identification as a protected category in the nation's civil rights laws. The choice to engage in homosexual conduct and the choice to adopt a "transgender" identity (sex change or cross-dressing) are not equivalent to the established (and immutable) protected categories of one's race and biological sex, nor are they protected by the Constitution (as is the freedom of religion, also a protected category).
I urge you to oppose the "Employment Non-Discrimination Act," known as "ENDA," and not to add "sexual orientation" or "gender identity" to America's civil rights laws.
And his "Action Alert" states:
All American employers including Christian owned businesses and potentially Christian ministries would be affected.
Don't let Congress and President Obama force American employers to hire homosexuals, transsexuals, and cross-dressers.
he brought up the Civil Rights Movement, is it permissible to ask Mr.
Perkins which side of the Movement he would have been on if he was
time-warped back to the 60s? A southerner with traditional family values? Take a guess.
is obviously confused on several points: "Christian ministries" are
exempt from the bill and transgender does not necessarily mean
"cross-dressers." And if he still wants to go there, studies have shown
that most "cross-dressers" are heterosexual men.*
That's the Family Research Council way.
*Docter, Richard F., Prince, Virginia (1997). Transvestism: A survey of 1032 cross-dressers. Archives of Sexual Behavior 26(6), 589-605.