Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday reiterated his opposition to Senate-passed legislation aimed at protecting gay people from workplace discrimination.
“I am opposed to discrimination of any kind in the workplace or anyplace else, but I think this legislation … is unnecessary and would provide a basis for frivolous lawsuits,” Boehner said at a Capitol press conference, signaling the bill had no future in the House. “People are already protected in the workplace.”
The Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) last week on a bipartisan vote of 64-32. The bill has long been a priority for gay rights activists and Democratic leaders.
But Boehner cited his experience with previous iterations of the bill as a former chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee in the House.
“Listen, I understand that people have differing opinions on this issue, and I respect their opinions, but as someone who has worked in this employment law area for all of years in the statehouse and all of my years here, I see no basis, or no need, for this,” he said.
Democrats, along with some Republicans, have vowed to continuing press House leaders to bring the legislation to a vote.