As the nation awaits the potentially monumental Supreme Court rulings on marriage next week, another priority of the LGBT community achieved a significant milestone. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (S.815), commonly known as ENDA, is now supported by a majority of current U.S. Senators.
This month Senators Angus King (I-ME), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tom Carper (D-DE), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) signed on in support, bringing the bill’s cosponsorship to 52 Senators. Only four Democrat Senators have not yet cosponsored the bill: Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Mark Pryor (D-AR).
NRB has repeatedly insisted that ENDA would harm the constitutional rights of faith-based organizations and lead to a “chilling effect” in religious communities. Earlier this spring, NRB Senior Vice President & General Counsel Craig Parshall declared, “The current version of ENDA contains the same convoluted, so-called religious exemption language, as in prior years, and that language is an open invitation for endless litigation and paltry protection for religious employers.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: June 21, 2013