November 06, 2009

Powerful Testimony About ENDA on Capitol Hill

On Thursday, while the LGBT people was still stinging after the loss in Maine, the U.S. Senate held hearings about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would offer protection to LGBT people in the workplace.

Although we understand there were no transgender people that testified, the subject of coverage for them under this bill was raised and addressed positively-a major step forward from the last time it was considered.

Here is a report from the Washington Blade.

Here is the liveblog from The Bilerico Project.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the sponsor of the legislation in the Senate, said during the hearing that ENDA is necessary to ensure equal opportunity for all Americans in the workforce.

"We are on the path to one of those struggles for human progress, for a struggle to have full equality under the law — full equal opportunity," he said. "There can never be equal opportunity as long we do not have equal opportunity for employment. Discrimination is simply wrong."

You can boil some issues down to very simple principles, can't you?

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