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Majority Of The U.S. Senate Now Supports ENDA

Slowly, but surely, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, is gaining Congressional support. 

For the first time a majority of the Senate is now in support of ENDA, as Democratic Delaware Senator Tom Carper became the 51st Senator to co-sponsor the bill. 

Sen. Carper's spokesman Ian Sams explains: "Senator Carper believes it is important for federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation -- in the same way that current law addresses race, sex or religion -- in order to ensure that all Americans are protected equally under the law."

Regarding the timing of Carper's sponsorship, Sams said, "There's nothing significant about the timing of his co-sponsorship since he's cosponsored the bill before, but he's pleased to be the 51st senator to sign on in this Congress, as it means a majority of senators stand ready to pass this important legislation."

The bill would still need at least 60 supporters to prevent a filibuster in the Senate, so while this is progress, there's no way to tell whether the legislation will be pushed through in the near future. 

This is a large part of why the LGBT community is putting so much pressure on President Obama to sign an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation. 

What's our next move, Instincters?

 

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