Senate Passes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Senate Passes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Legislation to outlaw employment discrimination against people on the basis of their sexual orientation has been proposed many times since 1994.  This year may see its passage, though.  With more states approving gay marriage, and prominent politicians on both sides of the aisle approving of the notion of equal rights for gay citizens, the time may have come to add it to the national civil rights protections.

Earlier this month, when ten Republicans in the Senate voted with all Democrats to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a barrier crumbled.  A Republican amendment to protect religious groups from complying with the law put the effort over the top.

Maryland legislation protects employees from being discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation; we have yet to add gender identification.  Maryland legalized gay marriage by voter referendum.  While this effort will probably top out at 30 or so states, the momentum is strong now, and at least in parts of the country, should

In light of the Supreme Court’s recent opinion in U.S. v. Windsor erjecting the Defense of Marriage Act, together with shifting public attitudes towards same-sex marriage and LGBT rights, many insiders believe the time is ripe for ENDA.

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