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Senate Votes to Pass ENDA

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed its final vote in the full Senate on Thursday. ENDA has been introduced in virtually every Congress since 1994. It is legislation that would amend Title VII to prohibit discrimination in the hiring and employment of individuals one the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. President Obama has consistently supported the bill’s passage. Unfortunately, even though ENDA has passed the Senate, it still seems unlikely that the bill will come to a vote in the House under Speaker John Boehner. Still, the Senate’s passage of the bill (with 10 Republicans joining 52 Democrats who voted to pass ENDA) is a symbolic victory that indicates how far the LGBT rights movement has come in recent years.