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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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 prohibit employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity...

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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 A number of national LGBT rights groups have withdrawn their support because it has a broad religious exemption. The California Democrat says she understands the...

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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 similar to those that prevailed in last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case brought by Hobby Lobby.

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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 Monday.

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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 includes religious protections.

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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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Apple CEO tweets U.S. House to pass ENDA on Civil Rights anniversary

| Friday, April 11, 2014
Tim Cook
Apple chief executive Tim Cook took to Twitter on Friday to remind the U.S. House of Representatives that on this 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it’s not too late to pass workplace protections for LGBT people.

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Why an LGBT non-discrimination executive order would not be ‘redundant’

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| Friday, April 4, 2014
APJay Carney
In 2008, then-candidate Obama pledged that if elected president, he would use an executive order to protect the LGBT employees of all federal contractors from discrimination. After several years of pressure from LGBT advocacy groups, the Obama administration still refuses to act on this executive order, explaining that it would prefer that Congress pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)...

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Biden calls on Congress to pass LGBT inclusive workplace discrimination bill

| Sunday, March 23, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Vice President Joe Biden called on Congress Saturday to pass a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays, saying it's outrageous that the country is even debating the subject.

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Lawmakers call on Obama to sign executive order protecting LGBT workers

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 200 Congressional lawmakers on Tuesday sent a letter to President Obama Tuesday calling for an Executive Order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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