ENDA Expected to Be Reintroduced Next Month, with Changes

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is under review and revision  and is expected to be reintroduced in April, the Washington Blade reports, with Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) as its lead author:

Polis“I’ll be the lead author of ENDA, which we are at least planning to reintroduce in April,” Polis said.

Multiple sources familiar with ENDA say the legislation is being reconsidered before its reintroduction in the 113th Congress, and maintain no final decisions on the bill have been made.

It’s unclear what the nature of the changes might be, but one source familiar with ENDA told the Washington Blade the bill is being reconsidered with respect to religious exemption and disparate impact to make the legislation’s protections stronger for LGBT workers than previously written. The changes are being considered under the assumption the legislation won’t pass anyway with Republicans in control of the U.S. House.

ENDA has previously included a strong religious exemption. In the most recent version of the bill, Section 6 provided an exemption for religious organizations and businesses that were also exempt under Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964.


  1. nonapologies says

    What’s the point if it its effectively also not going to be enforceable with the “strong religious exemption” just as the hate crimes act was so watered down that in practical effect it can rarely be used?

    I appreciate symbolism, but looking at this as a lawyer, these sorts of measures seem weak and mostly for show.

  2. Zach says

    Even if it has no chance of passing, introducing the bill keeps it fresh in peoples minds. Help people working to gain support for it to keep focus. That being said the last time it was voted on in the house,2009, (getting it out of committee is the hard part) 35 republicans voted for it (with 6 no votes) and 25 democrats voted against it (with 8 no votes). Quite a bit has changed since 2009, public opinion on gay rights has strengthened a fair amount. If you could get every democrat to vote for the bill you would only need 17 Republican votes, 9 less than last time it was voted on. If I had to guess you could pull out a few more democrat and republican votes today than you could have in 2009.

  3. Todd says

    The primary reason this didn’t pass in 2009, when the Dems controlled the House, is because our so-called leaders insisted on stuffing this gay rights bill with “gender identity” provisions. They care more about heterosexual crossdressers than they do about the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans. This is the direct consequence of accepting the bogus “LGBT” concept, which posits that gay people have an obligation to link themselves with crossdressers and transsexuals and that gays should get no rights unless transsexuals and crossdressers get them exactly at the same time and in the same bill.

    Make no mistake about it: gay and lesbian workers are being discriminated against today and have no legal recourse because of the foolish ideology of LGBT.

  4. DB says

    Given that nearly 90% of Americans believe that employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation should be illegal, this should be easy to pass. The most important action we can take to pass this critical law is to remove the term ‘gender identity’ from the bill. The inclusion of an irrelevant and controversial characteristic (‘gender identity’) is the single and primary reasons that Americans can still be fired for being gay (or heterosexual). Please e-mail your congressperson and ask him or her to remove ‘gender identity’ and restore ENDA to its original form (i.e., banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation).

  5. says

    Ignore the trolling Bill Perdue who is making the same asinine cowardly non-points in all of these threads under various screennames.

    Gay men who don’t stand in support with our transgendered or transitioning brothers and sisters are spineless wimps who deserve every ounce of discrimination and hatred they face in life.

    their selfish lack of empathy will be their own undoing.

  6. Todd says

    I am not this other person you are talking about. And NO ONE deserves to be discriminated against. No one. How dare you say that gay people who disagree with you on “LGBT” deserve discrimination? What kind of a horrible person says such a thing?

    You prove my point, which is that trans activists and their allies hold gay and lesbian people in contempt and don’t care about the discrimination they face. They are primarily interested in using gay people as a vehicle to gain “trans” rights. Thank goodness more and more LGB people are waking up to this and are fighting back.

  7. Derrick from Philly says

    @ Todd “Thank goodness more and more LGB people are waking up to this and are fighting back”

    Oh, really? Have you been to any public Gay event lately? Do you see how young Gay folks and young Transfolk socialize and party together?

    What are you going to have a anti-Trans movement filled with old homos?

    @ Comrade Bill’s, “Nobody should be discriminated against. Except transgendered people who are crossdressers”

    Oh, you’re just jealous ’cause you can’t go back to those years of glory when you were wearing heels and hot pants. Unless your heart is really in it everything comes to an end, Bill. But you’ve got the memories: toot toot, hey, beep beep…toot toot, hey, beep beep….

    I wish I still had my blonde Afro wig.

  8. emjayay says

    The inclusion or not of gender identity in ENDA is just a classic case of the perfect possibly denying the possible in politics. If gender identity inclusion in the bill is at all possible after whatever public campaigning and lobbying and horsetrading and compromising etc., fine. The moral question is one thing and the political question is another. It’s just how things always are in politics. In this case, it may be a difficult choice. Sticking to your guns and going after it year after year and hoping for movement in public opinion and the composition of Congress changing etc. might work, or maybe it’s better to compromise now. It’s a tough one.

  9. Lexon says

    Gays have been fired for far too long. Why not pass this just for gays and then get to transgenders in another bill? why should gays continue to be faced with unemployment when another group wants to latch on our bill, even though our bill would pass without them on it? Gay people should continue facing potential firing because of transgenders co opting our cause?

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