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Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) Approved by Senate in Historic 64-32 Vote


The U.S. Senate has approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in an historic 64-32 vote.

Ten GOP Senators voted for ENDA: Ayotte, Collins, Flake, Hatch, Heller, Kirk, McCain, Murkowski, Portman, and Toomey.

ENDA prohibits discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The bill now goes to the House where it will face a much tougher battle. House Speaker John Boehner has expressed his opposition to the legislation so it's unclear if it will even get a vote.

"The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs," said Boehner's spokesman earlier this week.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yesterday expressed hope in getting the legislation through once it passed the Senate.

Supporters have been trying to pass ENDA in one form or another since 1994 when it was first introduced by Senator Edward Kennedy and Rep. Gerry Studds.

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  1. the House will only pass it if it is amended to include killing Obama Care.

    Posted by: Dan Mc | Nov 7, 2013 2:26:41 PM

  2. "Supporters have been trying to pass ENDA in one form or another since 1994 when it was first introduced by Senator Edward Kennedy and Rep. Gerry Studds."

    Bella Abzug and Ed Koch introduced the Equality Act of 1974, which barred discrimination based on sexual orientation (but not gender identity) as well as status as single, quite a bit before 1994.


    Posted by: Alexander | Nov 7, 2013 2:31:51 PM

  3. Cantor spokesperson said there is no plan to bring the bill up for vote in the House. I'm happy but I'm not going to celebrate because, at the end of the day, our legal situation is no different today than it was yesterday.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Nov 7, 2013 2:39:29 PM

  4. "Frivolous legislation," Mr. Speaker? Such as attempting -- and failing -- to overturn the Affordable Care Act 43 times? Like shutting down the federal government in a snit?

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Nov 7, 2013 2:55:55 PM

  5. If you'd like to see what us real American gay patriots think about ENDA, click here. We oppose ENDA. Because if we support it our parents will hate us more than usual.


    Posted by: GAYGOP | Nov 7, 2013 3:35:35 PM

  6. Awesome another law to help white gay men, tithe most racist, bigoted, gays!

    Posted by: Rex | Nov 7, 2013 8:03:57 PM

  7. This is a huge bill that needs to be passed

    Posted by: JJR | Nov 7, 2013 8:05:16 PM

  8. This bill is not about equal rights. Rather, it is about one more step in the pathway toward religious exceptions to the law, and dominance over all other aspects of US life.

    Look inside this gift horse.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 12, 2013 12:54:03 PM

  9. Growing up we learned that "Americans are free to choose the kinds of work they want to do." Hard work paid off. Like truth and justice it was the American Way. This fairy tale has an ugly side to it. Once upon a time our government actively sought out gays and Lesbians for termination considering them unfit for employment. The story is worth remembering.

    Posted by: Sally Edelstein | Nov 13, 2013 9:29:19 AM

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