Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Gay Thing: ENDA on Track to Pass Senate

ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, is poised to be passed by the Senate, with the unlikely help of a few Republicans, notably Nevada's Senator Dean Heller. The bill has been around since 1994, but hasn't had much of a chance of passage until now. Still, John Boner Boehner promises to kill the bill in the House, claiming that it's unnecessary, and--irony of irony--kills jobs. See, ENDA was created to save jobs, specifically the jobs of gay, lesbian and transgendered people who are currently not protected from being fired for their gender identity or sexual orientation in a majority of states. Boehner either doesn't know this, or is banking on his constituents not knowing this.

It's still an important vote, symbolically showing progress.


Senate Passes ENDA on Procedural Vote

For the first time since it was originally introduced in 1996, the U.S. Senate took an important step toward passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, voting in favor of cloture — a procedural move intended to overcome any attempted filibuster — in a bipartisan vote of 61-30. . .

Read more at: The Advocate

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