US Senate approves Employment Non-Discrimination Act
For the first time in the history, the U.S. Senate has approved a landmark bill on the 7th of Nov’ 13 – the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), that would ban discrimination against the homosexual community including the lesbian, gay and transgender community at workplaces.
The federal lawmakers for the first time have taken the initiative to support the homosexual rights. This initiative came after the revoking the military’s ban on gay men and women in 2010.
The final vote was 64-32 passing the ENDA act to the House of Representatives. Fifty four Senate democrats, 10 republicans and there were surprise ‘’aye’’ votes by John McCain and Jeff Flake, both from Arizona. They were initially against the same, but later approved the act saying it’s the right thing to do. President Barack Obama also praised the senators who were in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
‘It’s now time to end this kind of discrimination’, he said, and that people should be simply judged by the work they do and not by their genders, a comment that received tremendous applaud by supporters.
The US Senate’s approval on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was more than welcome!
This campaign had started nearly 17 years ago when supporters were trying to gain support and earn a vote. Hundreds of the nation’s largest companies also have similar bans. There are nearly 17 states and the district that have discrimination against gender identity. This act targets to bring equality to all and aims to be a tremendous milestone. The act was followed by the approval of same-sex marriage and four months after the U.S. Supreme court sanctioned federal recognition of legally married gay couples.
However there have been several opponents for the same such as the Conservative Family Research Council, who opined the ENDA that after the act would be passed at workplace.
Certain self-identifications and privileges by employers may have to be enforced, that might require employees to suppress their religious or moral views that might be detrimental to others.
Also the GOP-controlled house dominated by social conservatives, orate that the measure is too broad and unnecessary and say that the intentions of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
is already covered under existing federal state and private workplace protection laws.