Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Mark Pryor (D-AR) all signaled this week that they will vote for The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (S.815), commonly known as ENDA, when it comes to the Senate Floor next week. With all the Senate Democrats now on board, along with the expressed support of 4 Republicans, ENDA has the public support of 59 Senators, and LGBT activists are working in a number of states, including Arizona, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, to sway enough votes to clear the 60-vote hurdle often in place in the Senate for controversial bills.
When this bill advanced out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee by a 15-7 vote in July, NRB quickly cautioned Senators that the Committee neglected to address a significant constitutional problem with the bill – namely, ENDA does not uphold the First Amendment freedoms of religious organizations.
NRB is continuing its outreach to Capitol Hill offices regarding the religious freedom problems with ENDA.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: November 1, 2013