10 Republican Senators Vote to Force Businesses to Hire Transvestites

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Now a human right

Now a human right…

Margarine is on the way to becoming illegal, but businesses will be required to employ 300 pound men in dresses. Because America is now Sweden.

10 Republican Senators courageously joined the effort to prevent businesses from firing men who wear dresses.

How many Republicans voted for the bill?: 10. Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.).

At this point, McCain isn’t exactly a surprise. Ayotte unfortunately does whatever he tells her. Why did Orrin Hatch and Dean Heller switch? The answer may lie in the turnaround of the Mormon Church on gay rights after pressure from gay groups. But Hatch has a history of waffling on the subject.

Senator Mike Lee however came out against the bill warning that it does not protect religious freedoms. Rob Portman decided to follow his son. Lisa Murkowski is well… Lisa Murkowski.

Jeff Flake initially opposed ENDA and then came out for it. “As I said in 2007 when I voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the House, one of the most important constitutionally mandated functions of the federal government is to protect the rights of individuals. While I had concerns about expanding protections beyond those House provisions, after consideration, I believe supporting this bill is the right thing to do. I am hopeful that the bill moves forward in a way that works for employers as well as employees.”

Toomey knew the bill was wrong, but ended up voting for it anyway.

Walking a delicate tightrope of not alienating his conservative base but needing to endear himself to Pennsylvania’s more moderate electorate, Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey voted for a historic gay rights bill Thursday.

But Toomey, who is up for re-election in 2016, wasn’t a sure thing. He introduced an amendment to broaden exemptions for faith-based businesses, but it was voted down 43-53.

But Toomey argued the bill created a conflict between two American values: equality and religious freedom.

“I believe, and I think most Americans share the view that every individual is entitled to dignity and respect and fairness and that individuals ought to be judged based on their merits, on their character and on their abilities,” he said. “A person’s sexual orientation is irrelevant to their ability to be a good doctor or engineer or athlete or a federal judge.”

But Toomey said he wanted to make extra sure that businesses with religious affiliations, even those that perform mainly secular duties — such as schools and hospitals — be exempt from hiring gay employees if doing so “violates the tenets of their faith.”

Some Republicans are defending this thing on the grounds that it doesn’t mandate building new facilities and provides some basic religious exemptions.

Those come next… of course.

Now it’s up to Congress to do its job.

  • cloud_buster

    The obvious solution for a company that doesn’t want to deal with this B.S. is to force the same workplace dress code on everyone:

    No skirts, jewelry or makeup for men or women. Everyone will wear black or khaki dress slacks, a polo shirt or oxford, and sensible work shoes.

    Better to have the women dressing like men, than hideous transvestites in their costumes.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Tell it to Disney which got sued by a Muslim over a Hijab. Just because you have a dress code, doesn’t mean you can’t get sued for discrimination by a civil rights protectee.

      • cloud_buster

        Darn it.

        How was the case resolved?

        • Daniel Greenfield

          How do you think?

          • cloud_buster

            Actually, I’m having difficulty finding anything after the suit was filed. It appears to be on-going.

            However, in another case, Disney has preemptively compromised, authorizing a uniform that includes the hijab:

            http://laist.com/2010/09/28/disneyland_hijab_compromise.php

          • cloud_buster

            I would still remain hopeful that if all the real women are restricted to slacks, the transvestites couldn’t maintain that they had a civil right to skirts and dresses.

    • Jakareh

      Was that a sarcastic post? Because your proposal is neither “obvious” nor a “solution”. Forcing individuals, especially women, to dress like faceless clones is preposterous. The real solution is to tell deviates (in fact, all leftists) to take a hike.

      How long more will Americans put up with this crap?

  • ArizonaPaul

    Jeff Flake. Such a disappointment. For a supposed conservative he sure turned into John McCain Jr. very quickly.

    • Jeff_in_Atlanta

      Makes me really wonder about a state that would elect both Flake and McCain to the Senate. My state sends two RINOs to the senate too, and it’s because the GOP establishment here trumps the Tea Party here.

    • pupsncats

      That’s what happens when you are in D.C. for a few years. If not already corrupt when you get there, you are corrupted very quickly.

  • MarilynA

    This law will just make more work for ambulance chasing lawyers. Here is an example of what will happen. A black engineer applied for a job with an engineering firm in Florida. He didn’t get the job. So, according to the local newspaper, he asked the NAACP to file a Civil Rights discrimination case in his behalf. Now I ask you. Would you hire someone who, at the first sign of a disagreement, would file a lawsuit against you? Just another nail in the coffin of free enterprise by our Communist sycophants who are determined to prove their beloved Communism trumps Capitalism.

    • laura r

      you can NOT force a private business to hire someone! i did not get 90% or more of the jobs i applied for. gee…..no one told me i could sue. i also never thought of it.

      • Daniel Greenfield

        You just need a political identity

  • DogmaelJones1

    “Walking a delicate tightrope of not alienating his conservative base but
    needing to endear himself to Pennsylvania’s more moderate electorate,
    Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey voted for a historic gay rights
    bill Thursday.” This is what happens when one tries to “walk a tightrope” by not wanting to seem “extreme” or “radical.” You wind up being a nonentity who’ll vote for or endorse anything, and stand for nothing, just as long as no one can accuse you of being anything or for anything. You become a zero, just like all those 300-pound men who want to wear dresses to work.

    • Hilda

      “Stand for nothing” just like all the Republicans who claim to be against Ozerocare but then vote to fund it.

  • http://fdnyretiree.com/ Ed FDNYRetiree

    Instead of the Tea Party as a third political party, perhaps we should next advocate the NAMBLA PARTY!

    This country is finished.

    The enemy has won.

  • Uhave2laff

    Daniel Greenfield, this law does nothing of the sort and you know it. SHAME ON YOU for trying to condense a serious subject into such piffle.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Yes. Yes it does.

      “That section says employers are allowed to enforce “reasonable dress or
      grooming standards.” But that right is conditional — employees who have
      gone through gender transition, and employees who notify employers that
      they are “undergoing gender transition,” must be allowed to dress in the
      manner of the gender “to which the employee has transitioned or is
      transitioning.”

      • Uhave2laff

        Whatever gets you through the day. If you really believe that this law is more about men wearing dresses, you’ve got bigger problems than your grammar. (inside tip: transvestite is not the same thing as transgender – look it up, like in a real dictionary).

        • ziggy zoggy

          Transgender? Lol. No surgery can transmogrify a man into a woman or vice versa. I sympathize with people so defective that they yearn to be a member of the opposite s ex but having people like that in the workplace can be disruptive and the government is not supposed to be able to mandate things like this.

          And nobody normal should have to be in the same bathroom or locker room with somebody like that. Yet another workplace disruption that will take special considerations and extra money to resolve – assuming it can be resolved.

        • DogmaelJones1

          I’m sure the author knows the difference between transvestite and transgender. And if you produced as much copy as Mr. Greenfield, you’d make a few grammatical slips of the keyboard, too. In any event, whether a guy is a transvestite or is “transgendering,” he’s got mental and identity problems and I see no reason why his mental illness and gender confusion should be sanctioned by law. Stop trolling and get a life.

        • Jakareh

          “Transvestite” is exactly the same as “transgender”. Leftists can doctor the dictionary, but they can’t change reality.

          Every new bit of leftist lunacy imposed on normal people brings us closer to a day of reckoning.

          • Uhave2laff

            Sorry but you’re mistaken.

        • pupsncats

          I’ll bet the only problem Daniel has is wondering how humans with brains never use them.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Actually they are the same thing. A man may have himself mutilated and claim he’s a woman, but he’s still nothing more than a transvestite.

          There is and can be no such thing as transgender

      • PAthena

        The law is, in any case, ridiculous, since no one can change their sex (“gender”). Every cell in the body indicates one’s sex.

  • Calvinius

    You’re a “Shillman” Journalism Fellow, Greenfield? How appropriate, given that you’re a far-right shill.

    • pupsncats

      And I bet you are a far-left shill.

  • Jeff_in_Atlanta

    If someone wants to wear a dress to work, how does that harm me or you (other than make me sick at my stomach)? What I’m saying is, “who cares if somebody wants to look like an idiot?” Now if I was a business owner and one of my employees wants to do it, then it should be my choice as an owner whether to keep the employee or fire him. There again, it should be none of the government’s business. We have a fast food place here that has such an employee and they don’t seem to mind–I simply choose to eat somewhere else, and that’s my choice.

    • pupsncats

      Oh but Jeff in Atlanta, the government has made it it’s business. In fact, the business of government has become to regulate, tax, fine, punish and reward, as well as confiscate as much of one’s wealth as possible to redistribute to those favored by the ruling class.

  • Toni_Pereira

    You couldn’t make this up…

  • Douglas Mayfield

    Equality of opportunity is routinely equated with equality of result, not only by the Left, but also by many ‘independents’ (those who find the prospect of thinking so appalling that they wallow in never holding an opinion of any kind). The result is the election of virulently intellectually cowardly politicians who then vote for legislation which anyone with the slightest amount of common sense would reject out of hand.
    Witness the law here in California which mandates that any young person of one gender, who wishes to be the other gender, must be allowed to use the locker room and rest room of their gender of choice. I feel sorry for the lids in our schools.

    • Biff Henderson

      So what’s to prevent some hetero jocks from claiming that right so they can eyeball the honeys? It’s a sick world.

      • mmunson

        They would need to be certified as transgender by a licensed psychologist.

        • Biff Henderson

          Trust yet verify. That has a familiar ring to it.

  • ENZA

    The Senators might have made a calculation that election would be easier for them personally if they voted for ENDA. They did so knowing House Republicans will defeat it.

    This is smart election politics.

    On the flip side it makes them more likely to cave the next time it comes up to vote and the situation in the house might be different. So in the future this makes it easier for the LGBT lobby.

    • pupsncats

      Yep. Always looking towards the next election.

  • Hilda

    An employer/business owner has the right to hire or fire whomever he wants. It’s his business and no one, not even the government, should be able to tell him how to run his business or who to hire.

    • pupsncats

      Simply not true today.

    • Veracious_one

      When you have to hire Muslims you get nothing but problems…there are plenty of examples…now leftist liberals want to force you to hire every kind of moral degenerate they can think of…..PCism is the death knell for America….The Muslims and the leftist liberals know it and want it…

  • Veracious_one

    he puts on women’s clothing…bwahahahahaha….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7AIX8GCzaI

  • ObamaYoMoma

    10. Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeff Flake
    (R-Ariz.), Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Mark Kirk
    (R-Ill.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rob Portman
    (R-Ohio) and Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.).

    The Republican Party has officially morphed into the second coming of the Dhimmicrat Party.

  • pupsncats

    We all know there is no such thing as equality. Except for those who are more equal than others.

  • jfl184

    Arizona must be proud, both of their senators are nuts, is it contagious? I’ll stay out of Arizona until they find a cure.

  • spin43

    Mark Levin is the reason we still have Hatch in office. What Hatch is telling the private sector is they do not have freedom of association. Fake Mormons!

  • spin43

    The Welfare States of Obama has won. The Republic is dead. Sorry veterans. You forgot that the enemy could be within while you were fighting overseas.

  • spin43

    At least with Demonrats, you know your getting communism. With Ayotte, you don’t know which direction she will lean. Is McShame her adopted grandfather?

  • spin43

    Grammesty is up for re-election in SC, so he stayed clear of this bill. Do we still have a 17 trillion debt and close to 100 trillion in unfunded liabilities? Maybe Ayotte thinks it’s “unfounded” liabilities.

  • spin43

    Check out Greg Brannon for US senator from NC on gregbrannon.com and see if he is conservative enough for the Tea Party.

  • toledojim

    These people, these politicians, are just insane; unemployment over 8%, trillions in debt, scandals all over the place, the Obamacare train wreck is happening, and we’re worried about whether or not a guy or girl can cross dress at work, are you kidding me. And why should anyone care about this to begin with, how about my rights and me having to put up with this nonsense.