Monday, November 04, 2013

ENDA clears key cloture vote in Senate

The proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, cleared a cloture vote today (Monday, November 4, 2013) 61-30, clearing the way for almost certain passage later this week.  The Huffington Post has a story and video here.
There are multiple proposed amendments to exclude religious organizations from being covered, including one by Toomey.  This gets to be sensitive in areas where churches are affiliated with large private universities or hospitals viewed as prominent in the community and as employers that should be diverse.
HRC has promoted the bill aggressively, encouraging members to join telephone campaigns. HRC’s account is here.
In my thinking, ending “don’t ask, don’t tell” for the uniformed military in 2011 makes ENDA easier to pass.  I recall seeing ENDA proposed in the spring of 1993.  

Update:  Nov. 7 

Senate will vote around 2 PM Thursday Nov. 7.

WJLA mentions that there is a military exception as well as religious.  Is this correct?  Why would there be a military exemption with DADT repealed?  Others are writing that exemptions don't exist with other laws (like for race -- religions sometimes).  Disparate impact is not supposed to be considered.

The bill passed Thursday 64-32.  

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