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Ros-Lehtinen, Log Cabin Republicans cheer Senate passage of ENDA; hopeful that House will pass, too

News release from U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, lead Republican sponsor of ENDA in the House:

Applauding the Senate on Passage of ENDA, Ros-Lehtinen States “All Americans Should Have Equal Rights at Work.”

"It isn't in our American tradition of fairness and non-discrimination to fire a worker merely because that person is gay."

Miami, Florida – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was pleased with the bipartisan Senate vote to pass the Employer Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). This legislation would give all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, expanded protections in the workplace. Ros-Lehtinen is the lead Republican sponsor of the ENDA companion bill also introduced by Congressman Jared Polis in the House of Representatives. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Job discrimination doesn’t have a place in the 21st century. No one should be rejected an interview, fired from a job or denied a promotion because of who they are. It’s past time we end this unacceptable practice and measure an individual’s work based on performance.  ENDA would allow Americans of any sexual orientation or gender identity to feel secure in their workplace. I urge my colleagues in the House to pass this bill so that all Americans may have equal rights at work.”

News release from Log Cabin Republicans:

Log Cabin Republicans Praises Senate Passage of ENDA, Unveils GOP House Strategy

Washington, D.C. — Today, the United States Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), legislation which provides employment protections for LGBT individuals in the workplace, with the votes of 10 Republicans. Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo issued the following statement:

After languishing in legislative limbo for 17 years, ENDA has finally passed the United States Senate in a vote that would not have been possible had Republicans not provided the margin of victory on the critical cloture vote earlier in the week.

While many are already beginning to wave the white flag on passage of ENDA in the House, Log Cabin Republicans has an optimistic view having recently met with nearly 50 House Republicans making the case that no one should be fired simply because they're gay. We are also encouraged by recent polling that finds a majority of Republicans in the U.S. are in favor of ENDA’s passage. The House GOP also just recently overwhelmingly passed legislation that, like ENDA, explicitly includes protections for LGBT individuals — the Violence Against Women Act.

Undoubtedly, the Republican Party is going through a cultural shift as more Republican legislators consistently step up for LGBT Americans. LCR believes this momentum already existing in the Party will help propel this bill to the House floor. Once there, we're confident it will pass. We encourage GOP House leadership of the 113th Congress to allow a conscience vote on ENDA and make history once again.

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