The D.C. Council Judiciary Committee today heard testimony on a few bills, including Bill 20-803, "Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014," and Bill 20-321, "Human Rights Act Notice Requirement Amendment Act of 2013." Read our testimony here:
Rick Rosendall's testimony (on Bills 20-803 and 20-321)
Bob Summersgill's testimony (on Bill 20-803 only)
The hearing became much more interesting that it might have been because an attorney for Catholic University testified against Bill 20-803's repeal of the Armstrong Amendment, which was imposed by Congress on the District 25 years ago and permits religiously-affiliated educational institutions to discriminate against gay people. Mónica Palacio, Director of the D.C. Office of Human Rights, testified in support of the legislation.
Julia Robey Christian, communications director for Judiciary Chairman Tommy Wells, tweeted praise for my comments during the question-and-answer session:
Debate brilliantly framed by @RickRosendall: "I will not tolerate my own rights if they infringe on those of my neighbor"— Julia RobeyChristian (@capitolhilldc) September 29, 2014