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.
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.
"The church does want to be helpful where we can be, without violating our own conscience," Smith, a former bishop, told
Likely Senate approval of the overall bill reflects the nation's growing tolerance of gays and the GOP's political calculation
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.
"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
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.
Nine senators missed the ENDA vote. A spokesman for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), the sole Democrat who didn't vote, said
But Boehner opposes ENDA, and senior House aides say the bill is unlikely to come up for a vote. On Twitter, he also hit
On the outside, a coalition called Americans for Workplace Opportunity, led by the Human Rights Campaign, has deployed more