Homosexuals as a class do not suffer discrimination and do not need the special protection proposed by Massachusetts homosexual congressmen Gerry Studds and Barney Frank, say a group of conservatives opposing passage of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act.

Recent census data show homosexuals earn an average of more than $50,000 annually. Nearly two-thirds are college graduates and half hold professional managerial positions.

Kelly Mullins, spokesperson for Traditional Values Coalition, says, "Besides the complications this federal law would create in the workplace, it would also serve to promote and legitimize the homosexual agenda to desensitize America and force a national acceptance of an immoral lifestyle."

Supported by Studds, Frank, and Sen. Edward Kennedy, another Massachusetts Democrat, H.R. 4636 is touted as a national homosexual rights bill that would ban job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

To achieve passage, the bill's supporters have conceded exemptions for small businesses and religious organizations, the likeliest opponents. The bill's proponents must also produce evidence that homosexuals are regularly discriminated against in the workplace.

Joseph Broadus, a law professor at George Mason University, told the Senate Labor Committee that homosexuals have "unjustly played the victim card to advance." He told senators that homosexuals are "an elite whose insider status has permitted it to abuse the political process in search, not of equal opportunity, but of special privilege and public endorsement."

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