A few updates on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ...
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a conference call with LGBT leaders and press on Monday and said she has "no intention of losing on either" DADT or ENDA, reports The Advocate.
On Friday, the Obama Administration transmitted its 2011 Defense Authorization Act Request. The transmittal does not include the DADT repeal language." But a repeal vote is likely to be considered next week, the Speaker says, and repeal language could be proposed on the House floor as an amendment to the DAR.
A vote on ENDA—stalled since September—could come the second week of June. "Pelosi also said she thought ENDA would have a much better likelihood of passing if DADT repeal were successfully ushered through first."
There is also the possibility of an offensive "motion to recommit" from Republicans—a last ditch procedural move. Rumors for the past two weeks suggest the GOP will propose an ugly procedural move targeting transgenders.
"Some Hill observers think the motion to recommit could go beyond a simple effort to strip out gender identity protections to being something more hostile, more depraved in the way it targets certain segments of the transgender community. At the same time, advocates decline to guess at the language publicly for fear that it might actually be adopted by the right and used against them. But there is no way to know if a motion to recommit will be offered or what the nature of such a motion would be until the legislation comes to a vote."
In related news: The Washington Post published a curious article last week on ENDA. The piece focused on Republican and Blue Dog opposition to transgender rights. No LGBT activists were quoted but anti-gay North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler ("D") was quoted. WaPo also quoted the far-right wing Traditional Values Coalition, labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.