A CHILL FALLS ON ALL STATES AND COMPANIES CURRENTLY PUSHING FOR 'GENDER IDENTITY' AND 'GENDER EXPRESSION'
Ours is a time when the hard-core Republicans, like Alan Greenspan, openly berate their leadership for having taken their chance at power to "abandon principle" in favor of politics. In their case, their announced politics of permanent majorities.
Today, no fewer than twelve months into power, the Democratic leadership in the House has done the same thing.
Almost all thinking parties reckon that the legislation has little chance of becoming law under Bush. The only Historic opportunity is possibly to use the issue as an electioneering item for the Democratic Party in the 2008 electoral process, or for some to pretend aloud that they've made a "victory" for millions.
The effort of transgender acceptance and non-discrimination could be set back by years, as others calculate that, they too, can 'get away with' not pressing for inclusive policies or legislation.
The improbability of the Bill becoming law, coupled with the sad "strategy" to rend the push for inclusion - even against ongoing legislative trends in the nation, makes the current effort somewhat symbolic and, thereby, puts in high relief the ugly effort to exclude transgender people, because that effort becomes symbolic also.
The potential caustic force of that type of symbolism, principled exclusionism, goes beyond short-term pains. They may have well just dragged their fingernails across the LGBT body politic. It remains to be seen how deep and lasting will be the scars of this bogus rush job in favor of Democratic Party politics.
AMERICA FALLS BEHIND
BREAKDOWN OF H.R. 2015, "GENDA", THE INCLUSIVE VERSION
Only 11 of the sixty-seven (67) Democrats who are not sponsoring the Bill are freshman (those not in the 109th Congress).
That sort-of makes the excuses about freshman look like...lies? Well, not "sort-of", because 35 freshman did co-sponsor the legislation, a ratio higher than 3-to-1.
Five Republicans co-sponsor the Bill.
The remainder by State, NOT co-sponsoring the Bill. For the record. "+" indicates a State with an inclusive gender identity law.
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*all figures are believed to be correct, however lists of co-sponsors may be stale dated and everyone is encouraged to check all items for the fitness to any purpose.
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- If Iowa can Deliver on Gender Identity Non-Discrimation, why Can't Democrats?
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UPDATE: REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN IN STATES WITH INCLUSIVE NON-DISCRIMINATION LAWS,
WHO ARE NOT SPONSORS OF H.R. 2015