Politically, the bill has created an opportunity for right-wing lawmakers to pander to their base and prove how against gay rights they can be. And it's also allowed right-wing groups to start using their slippery slope logic and churn out some weird, hateful future fantasies about what will happen if gay people aren't fired for being gay. Here's a brief survey:
Drag Queens at Christian Bookstores
Many people would argue that anything could be better if you add a salty drag queen to it (see: bingo). But still, there are some people who think that a drag queen or king at a Christian bookstore would be a terrible idea. Those people belong to the anti-gay Family Research Council organization, which sent out a warning last week that a sensible repercussion of ENDA would be that you friendly Christian bookstore would be forced to host Pandora Boxx or Lady Bunny on Wednesday nights:
ENDA would force religious business owners and workplaces such as Christian bookstores, religious publishing houses, pre-schools and religious television and radio stations to accept as normal any employee who has had a sex-change surgery, any employee who has changed or is "transitioning" their public "gender identity" (regardless of whether they have had surgery or hormone treatments), transvestites (people who dress as the opposite sex on an occasional basis for emotional or sexual gratification), and drag queens or drag kings (people who dress as the opposite sex for the purpose of entertaining others).
What the Family Research Council fails to mention is that ENDA comes with a series of religious exemptions which covers churches and schools which are geared toward positions which involve teaching and allows them to discriminate based on how closely people follow their religious tenets. And further, churches and Christian publishing houses and those organizations mentioned won't be forced to hire drag queens, transgender people, or whoever the FRC is scared of today because of ENDA — ENDA only protects against wrongful and discriminatory firings and hirings. Also, is there a coven of drag queens just itching to work at Christian bookstores that we just don't know about?
Transgender People in Women's Bathrooms
"An anatomically male employee who claims a female 'gender identity' might be able to demand access to the women’s restroom and locker room," warns the American Family Association in one of its ENDA releases. Do people really believe that a transgender person in the next stall is any more offensive than the person that's already there? I'd argue that men and women, regardless of gender identity, class, and race, are pretty terrible to bathrooms (like Dothraki bad) no matter what.
This is a slippery slope argument which insinuates that being transgender isn't real and that some pervy men will be able to take advantage of transgender rights to look at boobs all day in the locker room. If you're employing a man who's willing to go that far to sexually harass women, then you may have bigger problems than ENDA.