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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

You Can Be Fired For Being Gay - Unless You Act

The House Education and Labor Committee is getting ready to move ENDA soon, but you may have heard that the committee vote has been pushed back a few weeks. It's more important than ever that you call and email members of Congress to make sure that our voice is heard in support of ENDA on Capitol Hill. Right-wing groups are using lies to delay the bill, claiming that ENDA will grant "special rights to homosexuals" and take away religious freedoms.

We're working with a broad coalition of more than 20 organizations to generate 25,000 calls to Congress this week. That kind of grassroots pressure can help drown out these lies and push Congress into action.

That means 57 calls to your representative today. Can you be one?

It takes about 45 seconds. So set yourself a reminder on your phone. Stick a note to your computer. Or stop reading this and do it right now. Whatever you do, make sure to CALL 202-224-3121 TODAY.

If you've never called Congress, let me assure you, it's easy. And it will make a huge difference – if we don't continue to push Congress into action, they'll happily sidestep controversial issues like ENDA!

Call your representative at 202-224-3121 before 5 p.m. ET.
Most likely, one of the interns for your representative will answer and ask where you're calling from and why. You're calling to express your support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 3017) and urge the representative to work hard to pass it. Most calls end right there. But if you like, you can add:

In 29 states, it's legal to fire someone because they're lesbian, gay, or bisexual; in 38 states, it's legal to fire someone for being transgender.

The American people believe in fairness and understand that employees should be judged on their merits, not on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is NOT about special treatment. It simply gives these workers the same rights and protections as their colleagues.

Mention that your representative's support of this bill will affect your future support.

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