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posted Friday, July 12, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 28
Senate committee OKs Trans-inclusive ENDA
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Senate committee OKs Trans-inclusive ENDA

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Senate's Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved a Trans-inclusive ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) on July 10. ENDA would ban workplace discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The vote to send the bill to the full Senate was 15-7 with three Republicans joining all the committee's Democrats in approving it.

It was the first time a version of ENDA protecting Transgender workers passed any Congressional committee. The House Education and Labor Committee had a version before them in 2009, but it was never scheduled for a hearing. A version of the bill without Trans protections passed the House in 2007, but was never introduced in the Senate because then-president George W. Bush promised to veto it.

Washington Senator Patty Murray, a member of the HELP Committee, immediately issued a statement on the historic vote.

'Despite the incredible gains we've made toward full equality for LGBT Americans, many businesses throughout the United States can still legally discriminate against an em-ployee or an applicant simply because of who they love or how they identify themselves,' Murray wrote. 'That is simply wrong, and it has to change.

'I'm proud that Washington state is a leader in providing employment protections for LGBT Americans, and today's vote was an important step toward extending these protections to every LGBT American.

'Discrimination of any kind, against anyone, is unacceptable, so I'm incredibly proud to have voted for this historic legislation today.ÊI applaud Senator Harkin for making equality in the workplace a priority for this committee, and I will continue working with my colleagues to pass this important bill through the full Senate.'

HELP Committee Chair Tom Harkin (D-IA) said it was 'time, long past time' for Congress to take action against LGBT workplace discrimination.

'Qualified workers should not be turned away or have to fear losing their livelihood for reasons that have nothing to do with their qualifications, skills or performance,' Harkin said. 'Let's not mince words: such practices are un-American. They should have no plans in any American workplace.'

Pres. Obama, who endorsed ENDA during the presidential campaign, also issued a statement.

'The President has long supported an inclusive ENDA, which would enshrine into law strong, lasting and comprehensive protections against employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity,' White House spokesperson Jay Carney said.

'We look forward to the full Senate's consideration of ENDA, and continue to urge the House to move forward on this bill that upholds America's core values of fairness and equality.'

Republican Mark Kirk of Illinois was already a co-sponsor of the bill and voted to send it to the full Senate as expected. ENDA supporters picked up two additional Republican votes Ð Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Orin Hatch of Utah.

Murkowski, who has also endorsed marriage equality, told reporters she decided to vote Yes after hearing from constituents in Alaska.

'When I was home over the break É 1,774 postcards were delivered to my office from Alaskans around the state in support [of ENDA],' Murkowski said. 'I listened to the folks back home; this is important to them.'

In a statement Hatch explained that he felt comfortable supporting ENDA because of the strong religious exemption in the bill.

'I appreciate that the authors of the bill were willing to include a robust religious exemption in this bill,' Hatch said. 'I voted for it because it prohibits discrimination that should not occur in the workplace, it protects the rights of religious entities, and minimizes legal burdens on employers.'

Currently, 16 states Ð including Washington Ð and the District of Columbia, have enacted laws that prohibit discrimination based sexual orientation or gender identity. Another five states bar job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, but not gender identity.ÊWhile these state laws provide important protections, employers in a majority of states can still fire, refuse to hire, or otherwise discriminate against individuals because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.Ê

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