PELOSI UNVEILS DEMOCRATS' 4-POINT PLAN FOR 'GAY' AGENDA
Praises courts for same-sex marriage 'victory' left couldn't get 'legislatively'
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at an April 28, 2016, press conference at the Capitol pushing HR 3185, known as the Equality Act
What are Democrats to do when they can’t make same-sex Marriage the law of the land in America by going through the legislative process?
Count on the U.S. courts and president to do it for them, of course.
At least that’s according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who declared Thursday that the Supreme Court Handed America a victory on same-sex marriage that Democrats “couldn’t get legislatively” but had to be achieved through “the courts.”
“Just to place where we are in context from the standpoint of Congress, when we came into the majority we had four points, it was a four-legged stool of what we wanted to accomplish,” Pelosi said at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol that promoted HR 3185, known as the Equality Act, legislation that amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes from “discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation.”
As the first item on the four-point agenda, Pelosi said her party desired a “fully inclusive hate crimes legislation,” and the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was pushed through in 2009 and signed by President Obama.
Secondly, she said, “The next leg of the stool would not have happened without the president’s leadership and courage, and that is the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,'” the U.S. military’s policy barring service members from being open about their homosexuality while serving in the armed forces. That policy was repealed by President Obama in 2011 after a federal court judge issued an injunction banning its enforcement.
Third on the list was same-sex marriage.
“Another piece of our agenda was to promote marriage equality in our country. Legislatively, we couldn’t really succeed,” Pelosi lamented.
Rather, she said, U.S. courts and the Supreme Court handed them that “victory” in 2015.
“But the courts and the rest, and public opinion, of course, in the actual courts and in the court of the public opinion, that victory has been won,” she declared.
Watch Pelosi’s comments:
Finally, Pelosi said, there’s the fourth goal in the Democrats’ plan.
“There’s one other piece, which is ENDA [Employment Non-Discrimination Act, precursor to HR 3185], ending discrimination in the workplace, which is really a very important piece of the agenda,” she said. “But as we were seeing the successes and the momentum, especially of the marriage equality, we saw the opportunity to do something bigger.”
Pelosi said she and her colleagues have sent a letter urging Rep. Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to begin hearings on the Equality Act.
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