ACLU Withdraws Support for Gay Job Rights Bill, Cites Hobby Lobby Ruling

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and four gay rights groups withdrew their previous support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) on Tuesday, citing the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby ruling.

The ACLU, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and theTransgender Law Center declared in a statement that in light of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, ENDA’s exemption for faith-based organizations represents “a blank check to engage in workplace discrimination against LGBT people.”

“The Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby has made it all the more important that we not accept this inappropriate provision,” the statement continued.

“Because opponents of LGBT equality are already misreading that decision as having broadly endorsed rights to discriminate against others, we cannot accept a bill that sanctions discrimination and declares that discrimination against LGBT people is more acceptable than other kinds of discrimination.”