Congress is debating ENDA in the Senate today. You can watch the debate live here. ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) prevents an employer from discriminating against an employee because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Senate is expected to vote on ENDA by the close of business today according to the Huffington Post. Gay rights advocates are eagerly awaiting the historic vote because of recent support from Senators who were previously on-the-fence. “All 55 members of the Democratic majority, including senators from the Deep South, and several Republicans were expected to unite on Thursday in backing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Sen. John McCain, the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2008, signaled his conditional support on Wednesday,” Huffington Post wrote today.
Gay rights advocates are hopeful that the legislation will pass; however, the bill faces many vocal critics. “Since 1964, federal law has protected Americans from discrimination based on race, religion, sex or national origin. The Senate is about to add a new, special right based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This is bad public policy and should be rejected,” Ralph Reed, the founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, wrote in the USA Today on Monday.
Why is Reed freaking out that businesses won’t be able to discriminate against gay employees anymore? “Employers, including schools, would be required to allow men to show up for work dressed as women, or women as men. Personal objections aside, this is an unnecessary disruption of the workplace,” Reed wrote. What Reed seems incapable of understanding is the fact that there wouldn’t be any “disruption” if people like him stopped causing homo and transphobic disruptions in the first place.
How do you think the vote will go? Let us know and we may include your reaction in our coverage after the vote!