Senate: ENDA Gains 51st Cosponsor

Senate: ENDA Gains 51st Cosponsor

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…


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