Senate advances gay rights bill

by Ramsey Cox, The Hill
November 5, 2013

The Senate voted 61-30 on Monday to begin debate on legislation that would create workplace protections for gay and transgender people in all 50 states.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) received the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster, and will now have to move through a series of procedural hurdles before final Senate passage, which is expected later this week.

Seven Republicans joined Democrats in voting to advance the bill: Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Pat Toomey (Pa.), Dean Heller (Nev.), Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Orrin Hatch (Utah).

Another GOP supporter of ENDA, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), was not present for the vote.

“The right to work is fundamental,” Collins said on the Senate floor. “How can we in good conscious deny that right to any LGBT individual? … It’s simply the right thing to do to pass this bill.”

7 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Eunice Ang says:

    I oppose S. 815, the Employment “Non-Discrimination” Act (ENDA) as it imposes on employers freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of conscience and the free market economy. Read (and sign the petition to oppose it too) more: http://www.frc.org/alert/urge-your-senators-to-stop-enda

  • Eunice Ang says:

    This http://righttoworkcommittee.org/rprtwa_petition.aspx is the right to work law that I support (that apparently Rand Paul and McConnell wants to tack it to this gay right ENDA bill)

  • modernminuteman says:

    Anything for our gay president right dirty Harry?

  • bruce_baker says:

    This bill is not just about homosexuals, but goes on to give “protection” to those who “identify” with the opposite sex. So a guy can say, “I identify myself as a woman. I can now use the ‘Ladies Room’ whenever I want. Bwa-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha!” Sick, in my opinion.

    Regardless of what you think about this issue, the Constitution clearly does not allow the Federal government to take a position or legislate on this.

    “The true theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest and best …. When all government … shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and wilt become as … oppressive as the government from which we separated.” – Thomas Jefferson

  • awegweiser says:

    When it gets to the House, one hopes it will not encounter too many homophobes.

    1. djhartm . says:

      Go to hell you idiot. Opposing perversity is not a ‘phobia’.

      1. awegweiser says:

        Your thoughtful observation and civil response is most appreciated. Do have a good day

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