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Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is legislation proposed in the United States Congress that would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by civilian, nonreligious employers with at least 15 employees. ENDA has been introduced in every Congress since 1994 (except the 109th). Similar legislation has been introduced without passage since 1974. In 2009, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mas.) introduced the first transgender-inclusive version of ENDA.

On April 25, 2013, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) introduced an ENDA bill in the U.S. House (H.R. 1755) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced an ENDA bill in the Senate (S. 815). President Barack Obama supports the bill’s passage. [ Wikipedia → ]

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Merkley announces plans for legislation with broad LGBT protections

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley announced plans to introduce a broad measure aimed at preventing discrimination against LGBT Americans. ...

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GOP-controlled House panel rejects bid to attach ENDA to defense bill

Thursday, December 4, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. House panel on Wednesday rejected an attempt to pass a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) as part of the annual defense authorization bill. The Washington Blade reports that the amendment was introduced in the ...

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Beyond marriage, the battle for LGBT equality marches on

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Pamela Thiele, left, and her spouse, Lauren Fortmiller, of Lakewood, Colo., take part in a rally on the steps of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on October 8, 2014. For many activists, the top priority after marriage is federal legislation that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against LGBT people. There's no such federal law now, and more than half the states do not ban discrimination by employers or public accommodations based on sexual orientation.
NEW YORK -- Even as they celebrate epic victories in the push for marriage equality, gay-rights activists acknowledge that other difficult issues remain on their agenda. There's the persistent high rate of HIV infections, the struggles to expand transgender rights, ...

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Discharge petition to force U.S. House vote on ENDA has stalled

Friday, September 26, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A discharge petition to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the U.S. House of Representatives appears to have stalled after only 190 Democrats have signed their names to it. The petition, filed last week by openly gay ...

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Polis files discharge petition on ENDA with narrowed religious exemption

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (R-Colo.)
WASHINGTON -- Four U.S. House Democrats, led by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), filed a discharge petition Wednesday seeking to force a vote on a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that contains a narrowed religious exemption. The measure would ...

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Pelosi backs ENDA despite concerns over broad religious exemptions

Thursday, July 10, 2014
U.S.  Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
WASHINGTON -- House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she still supports a Senate-passed bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people. A number of national LGBT rights groups have withdrawn their support because it has a broad religious ...

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Six national LGBT rights groups drop ENDA support over religious exemptions

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
WASHINGTON — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced Tuesday that it is withdrawing its support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), fearing that broad religious exemptions included in the current bill could compel private companies to cite objections ...

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Obama to sign order extending protections to LGBT workers of federal contractors

Monday, June 16, 2014
Barack Obama
WASHINGTON -- After years of pressure from gay rights groups, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said ...

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Queer Nation blasts HRC for ‘hypocrisy’ on LGBT workplace protections

Saturday, May 31, 2014
NEW YORK — The gay rights activist group Queer Nation this week blasted the the Human Rights Campaign, the national’s largest LGBT lobbying group, for condemning Vatican hiring policies while it lobbies for passage of a workplace discrimination bill that ...

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Biden: There’s no ‘downside’ to an executive order for LGBT protections

Friday, May 2, 2014
Joe Biden
WASHINGTON -- If there's one characteristic of Vice-President Joe Biden that can be counted on, it's his ability to stay one step ahead of the President on matters of LGBT rights. ...

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