This article originally appeared on heartland.org.
The U.S. Senate has passed and the House will consider a bill that may force private and religious schools to hire people whose sexual conduct violates the organizations’ beliefs.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA) forbids employers to “fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual…because of such individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.” Similar laws in New York and Maryland prohibited employers from firing cross-dressing employees who made customers uncomfortable.
“The Becket Fund is concerned about any law that does not provide robust religious liberty protections where they are warranted,” said Emily Hardman, a spokeswoman for the public interest law firm. “The limited exemptions for certain religious organizations that we have seen in the ENDA draft under consideration are manifestly inadequate.”