Senate Passes Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013

 
Friday, November 8, 2013
 
The U.S. Senate approved a historic piece of legislation on Thursday that would protect gay, lesbian and transgender employees from discrimination in the workplace.The Employment Nondiscrimination Act, or ENDA, prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  The Senate passed the legislation 64 to 32.  Ten Republicans joined 52 Democrats and two Independents in supporting the bill. Four Senators did not vote.

Its future in the Republican held House of Representatives is not certain.  House Speaker John Boehner has opposed the bill for years.  Opponents of the legislation fear that it will have a "chilling effect" on free speech and religious liberty because it will require secular businesses which may oppose the LGBT community to stop discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  
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