Senate: ENDA Gains 51st Cosponsor

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on Advocate.com June 18 2013 2:27 PM ET

Delaware senator Tom Carper has become the 51st sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban discrimination against workers on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Sen. Carper believes it is important for federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation — in the same way that current law addresses race, sex or religion — in order to ensure that all Americans are protected equally under the law,” Carper spokesman Ian Sams told the Washington Blade.

Carper was a cosponsor of the bill during the 112th Congress. 

Most recently, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota signed on as cosponsors to Oregon senator Jeff Merkley's bill.

According to the Blade, ENDA now has more cosponsors in the Senate than the legislation to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" did in 2010.

See the full list of Senate cosponsors, with the date they signed on to the legislation, on the next page…

ENDA Cosponsors:

Sen Baldwin, Tammy [WI] - 4/25/2013
Sen Baucus, Max [MT] - 5/6/2013
Sen Begich, Mark [AK] - 5/15/2013
Sen Bennet, Michael F. [CO] - 5/6/2013
Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] - 5/6/2013
Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] - 5/6/2013
Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] - 5/6/2013
Sen Cantwell, Maria [WA] - 5/23/2013
Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD] - 5/7/2013
Sen Carper, Thomas R. [DE] - 6/17/2013
Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] - 5/16/2013
Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] - 4/25/2013
Sen Coons, Christopher A. [DE] - 5/6/2013
Sen Cowan, William M. [MA] - 5/6/2013
Sen Donnelly, Joe [IN] - 5/16/2013
Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] - 5/15/2013
Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA] - 5/6/2013
Sen Franken, Al [MN] - 5/6/2013
Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] - 5/6/2013
Sen Hagan, Kay [NC] - 5/6/2013
Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] - 4/25/2013
Sen Heinrich, Martin [NM] - 5/7/2013
Sen Heitkamp, Heidi [ND] - 6/7/2013
Sen Hirono, Mazie K. [HI] - 5/6/2013
Sen Kaine, Tim [VA] - 5/6/2013
Sen King, Angus S. Jr. [ME] - 6/3/2013
Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] - 4/25/2013
Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] - 5/7/2013
Sen Landrieu, Mary L. [LA] - 5/8/2013
Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. [NJ] - 5/6/2013
Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] - 5/6/2013
Sen Levin, Carl [MI] - 5/6/2013
Sen McCaskill, Claire [MO] - 5/6/2013
Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] - 5/9/2013
Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. [MD] - 5/6/2013
Sen Murphy, Christopher S. [CT] - 5/6/2013
Sen Murray, Patty [WA] - 5/6/2013
Sen Reed, Jack [RI] - 5/6/2013
Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] - 5/6/2013
Sen Schatz, Brian [HI] - 5/6/2013
Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] - 5/15/2013
Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] - 5/6/2013
Sen Stabenow, Debbie [MI] - 5/6/2013
Sen Tester, Jon [MT] - 5/22/2013
Sen Udall, Mark [CO] - 5/6/2013
Sen Udall, Tom [NM] - 5/6/2013
Sen Warner, Mark R. [VA] - 5/6/2013
Sen Warren, Elizabeth [MA] - 5/6/2013
Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] - 5/6/2013
Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] - 5/7/2013