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|House Reps. to introduce ENDA this week|
|Written by Ryan Watkins|
|Wednesday, 30 March 2011 11:23|
Several members of the U.S. House of Representatives held a press conference this morning to announce the introduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a law that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
ENDA, an important legislative priority for equality advocates, has been introduced each year since 1994. According to LGBT news outlet Metro Weekly, this year's ENDA bill will be identical to the one introduced by Rep. Barney Frank in the previous Congress.
The Human Rights Campaign, which has been pushing for such legislation, said today via its blog that LGBT persons are at greater risk of losing their job in an economy still struggling after a severe recession:
As Americans struggle to recover from one of the worst economic recessions in our nation’s history, it’s important to remember that the risk of losing a job can be far greater for LGBT people. HRC has worked with members on both sides of the aisle to introduce The Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Frank told Metro Weekly that the legislative priority for equality advocates in Congress would be for employment non-discrimination.
"ENDA will pass before DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act] will be repealed congressionally. I believe that, with regard to DOMA, the goal is to win it in court," Frank said. "I do not think there is a good likelihood of getting DOMA repealed through the Congress. I think there is a good likelihood, in a Democratic Congress, of getting an inclusive ENDA."
Top photo: U.S. Rep. Barney Frank expresses doubt for any pro-LGBT legislation in the next Congressional session (courtesy photo)
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