Monday, November 4, 2013

Senate to vote on ENDA

The Senate may soon vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a federal law that would make it illegal to discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Currently, 29 states lack workplace protections for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people, and 33 states lack workplace protections for transgender people.  The Senate last voted on ENDA in 1996, when it failed by a single vote.

This piece from the Washington Post suggests that the bill has a good chance of passing in the Senate this time, and that opinion polls show that a majority of voters in every state supports efforts to make employment discrimination illegal. The article predicts, however, that even if the bill passes the Senate, its future in the House of Representatives is uncertain.

For opposition to the bill, see the Fight ENDA website.

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