The LGBT advocacy group Freedom to Work explains that ENDA “will make it illegal throughout the entire country for an employer to fire, refuse to hire, refuse to promote, or severely harass an employee simply based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.” Further, they explain, “ENDA exempts churches, religious organizations and religious schools.” (source)In fact, this bill provides such generous provision for religiously-justified discrimination, that many advocates think it is more dangerous than helpful.
Cue Timothy Cardinal Dolan and his mendacious band of bishops. Amongst other things, they complain that ENDA
(2) lacks a distinction between homosexual inclination and conduct, thus affirming and protecting extramarital sexual conduct; (3) supports the redefinition of marriage, as state-level laws like ENDA have been invoked in state court decisions finding marriage discriminatory or irrational; (4) rejects the biological basis of gender by defining “gender identity” as something people may choose at variance with their biological sex; and (5) threatens religious liberty by punishing as discrimination the religious or moral disapproval of same-sex sexual conduct, while protecting only some religious employers.Translated: they complain that secular employers cannot fire people like me: legally married, lesbian, and not working for a religious organization.
The Bishops want gay people to have no job security, because we might....MIGHT! ... be having sex. Look at (2) above: they want your employer to be able to quiz you about your sex life, regardless of what your job is, to find out if you are doing it.
Do the Bishops want to be able to investigate and fire people for having sex while unmarried, being married but having sex with someone to whom they aren't married, living in sin, using contraception, or remarried following divorce?
No. No, those forms of sexual immorality are no problem. This is about one thing: legalizing discrimination against gay people. The Bishops are saying, clearly, "gay people, whether or not they are Catholic, have no right to be employed."
It's wrong, and they should be ashamed of themselves. Alas, they have no shame left.