Senator Toomey Breaks Promise to Pennsylvania Voters,
Time for Citizens to Hold Him Accountable
It is deeply disappointing and troubling that U.S. Senator Pat Toomey broke his promise to Pennsylvania voters that he would oppose the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act” (ENDA) should it come before the Senate. Last week, he not only voted to bring ENDA to the floor for a vote (one of only seven Republican senators to do so); he then voted for passage of ENDA without the religious liberty protections he said it needed.
ENDA is a false bill of goods: while it claims to end discrimination, this bill in fact fosters discrimination against business owners and employers with sincerely held religious beliefs.
Background: In 2010, when seeking the open U.S. Senate seat for Pennsylvania, Toomey assured voters he would oppose such legislation. In his signed response to the Pennsylvania Family Council Voter’s Guide Survey, Toomey circled “O” for “Oppose” on this question: Do you support or oppose“Passing a law prohibiting employers from discriminating on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation?”
Candidate Toomey made it plainly known in the 2010 Pennsylvania Family Council Voter’s Guide that he would oppose ENDA-type legislation. Last week, he did the opposite, and in addition, issued a statement saying he has long supported such proposals – going back to 1996. Something is not right here.
We at the Pennsylvania Family Council recognize that many of you rely on our Voter’s Guide each election cycle; so much so that you have helped to distribute hundreds of thousands of printed guides to your church, family and friends, and used our online guide at PAFamilyVoter.com.
In between elections, we encourage your active citizenship, including the important duty to hold our elected officials accountable. Now is such a time. We encourage you to join us in E-mailing, phoning or writing to Sen. Toomey to express your disappointment and to question his vote, in spite of his stated position as recent as our 2010 Voter’s Guide. As always, please remember to: (1) be gracious and professional in your communications to our elected leaders and (2) pray for those in authority (I Timothy 2:1-2).