White House pushes for gay rights bill

Says critics on wrong side of history

President Barack Obama sits with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio during memorial service for former House Speaker Tom S. Foley, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington. Foley was a 30-year veteran of the House who died last week at the age of 84. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)President Barack Obama sits with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio during memorial service for former House Speaker Tom S. Foley, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington. Foley was a 30-year veteran of the House who died last week at the age of 84. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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But Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, sent a letter to lawmakers urging them to vote against the measure.

“ENDA is simply not sound public policy, defining discrimination based on subjective perception of sexual orientation rather than externally identifiable characteristics of race and gender,” he said. “It will burden family-owned businesses with unnecessary and costly litigation, compliance costs, and risk avoidance through litigation mitigation that will divert resources from creating jobs.”

⦁ Ben Wolfgang contributed to this report.

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