Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Inclusive ENDA introduced in Senate for first time

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has introduced ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act) into the U.S. Senate (Aug. 5). Barney Frank had introduced a version in the House in June. Susan Collins (R-ME) is also a sponsor.

The bill appears to include trans-gender protections as well as sexual orientation protections. It would not, in and of itself, cover the US military, and it would not involve the “disparate impact” concept well known in race discrimination law.

Chris Johnson has an article in the Washington Blade, Southern Voice, and other Window Media publications here.

The HRC (in a "Back Story") says that this is the first time an inclusive ENDA has been introduced in the Senate. The story by Michael Cole is here. ENDA was originally introduced in the House in the spring of 1993, about the same time that the debate on gays in the military, started with Clinton, raged on.

We've come a long way from the days of Mattachine, and we have a way to go.

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