The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would add sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression to federal anti-discrimination laws regarding employment, passed a major hurdle by getting voted out of committee in the Senate. And three Republicans, including one of the longest-serving conservatives, voted for it:
This morning, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee voted 15-7 to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) with support from Republican Sens. Mark Kirk (IL), Orrin Hatch (UT), and Lisa Murkowski (AK). The bill, now headed for the Senate floor, is considered instrumental in preventing workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and mending the “broken bargain” of unequal treatment of LGBT workers under the law.
The bill now moves to the floor, where it is likely to pass. Now the bad news: There isn’t a chance in hell the House even touches this bill, much less passes it — despite the fact that polling shows that even Republican voters strongly support it.