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Different versions of this bill have been introduced to Congress since 1994. In other words, for more than my entire lifetime, America's lawmakers have struggled time and time again over the passage of an anti-discrimination bill.
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The Senate's 64-32 vote on ENDA represents historic progress in the march for full equality under the law for LGBT people. And, most importantly, for the first time, a body of Congress has passed ENDA legislation that includes protections for transgender people.
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"The church does want to be helpful where we can be, without violating our own conscience," Smith, a former bishop, told
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Likely Senate approval of the overall bill reflects the nation's growing tolerance of gays and the GOP's political calculation
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On Monday evening, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was about to clear a key hurdle in the Senate. But first, Republicans who opposed the bill were given a chance to voice their criticism on the Senate floor. After all, there had already been speeches from senators who backed the legislation.
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"I think the House is going to have to capitulate, if they have any hope of having a president that can be a viable candidate
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ENDA has a problem: a disturbing religious exemption that has been included in the bill in one form or another ever since it was introduced in 1994. A Catholic school teacher who's done a great job for years could still be fired under ENDA if the principal discovers that she is a lesbian. That's abhorrent.
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Nine senators missed the ENDA vote. A spokesman for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), the sole Democrat who didn't vote, said
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But Boehner opposes ENDA, and senior House aides say the bill is unlikely to come up for a vote. On Twitter, he also hit
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On the outside, a coalition called Americans for Workplace Opportunity, led by the Human Rights Campaign, has deployed more
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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) announced his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Monday, making
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In his letter to Toomey, Sims focuses solely on ENDA and notes that a number of LGBT advocacy groups, such as Human Rights
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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told his Democratic caucus on Thursday that he will bring the Employment
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said on Wednesday that he supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, meaning the entire Democratic caucus is now unified behind the legislation that would make it illegal to discriminate against LGBT individuals in the workplace.
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ENDA has been introduced in several Congresses and has received some hearings, but it hasn't had a vote on the House or Senate
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WASHINGTON -- Even though his wife is petitioning him to back the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has not yet decided how he will vote, saying he is concerned the landmark civil rights legislation could result in "reverse discrimination."
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From Section 4 of the legislation: When asked what lingering concerns he had about backing ENDA, McCain replied, "Whether
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Ayotte, Portman and Toomey all said on Tuesday that they're still looking at the bill. "Whether it imposes quotas, whether
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"I thank Majority Leader Reid for committing to bring ENDA to the floor this work period," Merkley said in a statement to
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"I certainly encourage the president to go ahead and do that," she said. "Just as I was indicating earlier, the more localities