ENDA May Pass The Senate
By Rachel L. West
The Political Social Worker
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) appears to have enough support in the US senate to pass. The problem, as always, is with the Republican controlled House.
The bill now has the support of every single Democratic senator. Sen.-elect Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who will be sworn in on Thursday, is also expected to back it. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) are the only two Republican co-sponsors, although both Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) voted the bill out of committee. (Source)
ENDA (S. 815/HR 1755) would make it illegal for an employer to discriminate against someone passed on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Right now there are no protections in 29 states for lesbian, gay, and bisexual employees and 33 states offer no protection to transgender workers (source).
It is important that you reach out to your member of congress and ask them to support ENDA. You can find out more by visiting the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Further Reading on ENDA:
The Worst Argument Against ENDA – The Atlantic Wire
Pelosi Envisions Path for House Passage of ENDA – Washington Blade
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