Senate Passes ENDA in Historic Vote

Story tools

A A AResize

Print

 

For the first time in history, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against LGBT indviduals in the workplace. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed by a vote of 64-32, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats in support of the legislation.

ENDA would add sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of characteristics on the basis of which it is already illegal to discriminate against: race, color, sex, nationality, religion, age and disability. Some 29 states currently have no laws protecting LGBT individuals in the workplace.

Obama released a statement in support of the passage of the bill, saying, "Just as no one in the United States can lose their job simply because of their race, gender, religion or a disability, no one should ever lose their job simply because of who they are or who they love."

But the bill's prospects in th House are less certain. House Speaker John Boehner has voiced his opposition to the bill, saying it would create “frivolous litigation.”