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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Bipartisan support boosts prospects for workplace discrimination bill

Saturday, November 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Gay rights advocates - including both Republicans and Democrats - are newly upbeat about the prospects for Senate passage of a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
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ENDA passage in the Senate could come down to Ohio Republican Rob Portman

Friday, November 1, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The battle to win U.S. Senate passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is all coming down to Ohio’s Rob Portman. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)

Manchin, last Democratic holdout in Senate, announces support for ENDA

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
WASHINGTON -- All Democrats in the Senate are backing a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sens. Rill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.)

Two of the three remaining Senate Democrats announce support for ENDA

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Two of the last three remaining Democratic U.S. Senators have announced their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

Reid to bring ENDA to Senate floor for a vote before Thanksgiving recess

Monday, October 28, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office confirmed Monday that the Nevada Democrat will announce that he is bringing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the full Senate for consideration before its scheduled Thanksgiving recess. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

Advocacy groups target U.S. Sen. Rob Portman for ENDA support

Friday, September 6, 2013
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman hasn’t decided yet whether U.S. employers should be able to fire workers just because they’re gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. [ Read more → ]
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Senate panel OKs bill banning anti-LGBT workplace discrimination

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Gay rights advocates won another victory Wednesday after a Senate panel approved a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
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Senate committee schedules vote on Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has scheduled a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid signs on as 50th co-sponsor of ENDA

Saturday, June 15, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that he'll co-sponsor the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, becoming the 50th co-sponsor of the measure aimed at banning workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
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Marco Rubio: No ‘special’ rights for gay Americans — but I’m not ‘a bigot’

Friday, June 14, 2013
I wish I understood why allowing married, bi-national same-sex couples to apply for a visa through the marriage-based green card application process is such an abomination to Marco Rubio. ... Perhaps all we have to do is take a look at his voting record in the Senate and the statements he’s made to understand the soul of Sen. Marco Rubio. [ Read more → ]
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Polls: Support grows for workplace protections, marriage equality in Calif.

Friday, May 31, 2013
Support for same-sex marriage has reached a record high in California, while a majority of voters support laws to prohibit anti-gay discrimination, according to various state and national polls released this week. [ Read more → ]
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Employment Non-Discrimination Act reintroduced in Congress

Thursday, April 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was reintroduced in both chambers of Congress on Thursday. The measure 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. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Sen. Carl Levin will not seek re-election in 2014

Thursday, March 7, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The senior U.S. Senator who, as chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, shepherded the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay and lesbian service members, has announced that he will retire at the end of this term in 2014. [ Read more → ]
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Harkin says ENDA ‘will move this year’ in the U.S. Senate

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Tuesday said that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) “will move this year” in the Senate. [ Read more → ]
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White House considering executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors

Monday, February 11, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The White House is said to be reviewing whether President Barack Obama should issue an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
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Bryan Fischer: Businesses threatened by ‘flaming homosexual’ job applicants

Monday, January 7, 2013
American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer on Friday blew up over the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), warning in a blog post that “ENDA would represent the return of Jim Crow laws.” [ Read more → ]
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White House still withholding ENDA executive order

Thursday, December 6, 2012
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that President Obama is not currently planning to revisit the idea of issuing an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers at the start of his second term. [ Read more → ]
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Human Rights Commission sides with gay group in discrimination complaint

Monday, November 26, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A Kentucky Human Rights Commission has sided with organizers of the Lexington Pride Festival in its discrimination complaint against T-shirt printer Hands On Originals, after the owner refused to print t-shirts for the city's annual pride event, and said it was because his is "a Christian organization." [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Rep. Jared Polis pledges to take the lead on ENDA

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A Colorado congressman who’s set to become the most senior openly gay member of the U.S. House is pledging to take the lead on perhaps the most high-profile piece of pro-LGBT legislation: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. [ Read more → ]
Mitt Romney (left) and Barack Obama. File photos, by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Obama vs. Romney: Where the candidates stand on LGBT issues

Monday, November 5, 2012
The Washington Blade breaks down some of the most frequently cited LGBT issues and where each Presidential candidate stands on Marriage Equality, the Uniting American Families Act, ENDA, DADT and DOMA. [ Read more → ]
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Democrats unveil historic party platform backing ‘freedom to marry,’ ENDA

Monday, September 3, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On the eve of their national convention in Charlotte, N.C., the Democratic Party on Monday unveiled its official platform, one that supports marriage equality for gays and lesbians -- an historic first for a national U.S. political party. [ Read more → ]
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Democratic platform draft language on marriage equality, ENDA revealed

Thursday, August 9, 2012
The draft language in the Democratic Party platform endorsing marriage equality has been revealed and shown to say “we support marriage equality” is set to become a tenet of the party’s beliefs. [ Read more → ]
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

LGBT bills unlikely to advance in Senate before Election Day

Saturday, July 14, 2012
With a few months remaining in the 112th Congress — and a few weeks until lawmakers adjourn for August recess — advocates say the chances for advancing any pro-LGBT legislation even in the Democratic-controlled Senate are slim — at least before Election Day. [ Read more → ]
Sen. Mark Kirk is among those calling for an ENDA markup.

Nine U.S. senators to Harkin: Time to move on ENDA

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of nine senators is backing the idea of having the Senate panel with jurisdiction over the Employment Non-Discrimination Act advance the legislation to the floor by a committee vote. [ Read more → ]
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Transgender advocate testifies before U.S. Senate on ENDA

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The Senate heard for the first time ever testimony from a transgender witness in a hearing dedicated to highlighting workplace discrimination experienced by LGBT people. [ Read more → ]
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