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Breaking: ENDA To Get Senate Committee Vote

by David Badash on July 2, 2013

in ENDA,News,Politics

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ENDA has just been scheduled for a Senate committee hearing and vote. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act — which has been in some form or another in every Congress but one since 1974 — will have its day before the Health, Education, Labor And Pensions Committee (HELP) on July 10.

The HELP committee is chaired by Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin, and its ranking member is Republican Lamar Alexander, of Tennessee.

Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade, who broke the news, notes the committee “has scheduled the markup for the LGBT job anti-bias legislation two weeks to the day that the Supreme Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.”

An inclusive ENDA, if passed, would protect LGBT people from being fired for being LGBT. Currently, in the vast majority of states across the nation, LGBT people can be fired for being LGBT. Despite this, the majority of Americans believe LGBT people already have these protections — and support them.

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Alex_Parrish July 2, 2013 at 11:12 am

"the majority of Americans believe LGBT people already have these protections — and support them." This, of course, is a major part of the problem with ENDA. Most folks don't believe you can still be fired for just being gay in most states. We need to find a way to make it more widely-known — but somebody's going to have to lose their job(s) over it I'm afraid.

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