ENDA Vote Moves Forward. Will It Pass Senate and House?
When it comes to LGBT rights, Republicans might actually be coming around. In 61-30 vote on Monday night, the Senate voted to move the Employment Non-Discrimination Act forward, garnering support from the entire Democratic caucus and seven Republicans. The bill, known as ENDA, would prevent discrimination in the workplace based on one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. President Obama hasn’t made any qualms about his undying support for ENDA. In a lengthy and original blog post for The Huffington Post, the president made his plea for Congress to pass the bill.
Back in 1996, the Senate voted on another version of ENDA — but it failed to pass. Now, nearly two decades later, the bill is expected to have an easy time passing through the Senate, but may face roadblocks in the House. Obama continued:
Of course, the momentum for gay rights across the country is growing. The advancement of this landmark piece of legislation comes less than one week after the senate in Hawaii voted to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage. Indeed, a Gallup poll in July revealed that 52 percent of Americans would support a federal law legalizing same-sex marriage across all 50 states. While the majority of Americans are in favor of marriage equality, political party alignment is seemingly at the root of the divide: 77 percent of liberals are pro-gay marriage, while only 30 percent of conservatives join in that opinion.
Of course, ENDA isn't about gay marriage. It's about something you'd think wouldn't be controversial at all: preventing discrimination in the workplace. But don't think that means it will pass. As Bustle's Katie Zavadiski explained yesterday:
Whether or not our partisan government can even agree on that idea remains to be seen.