Congressional Action on ENDA Delayed

October 1, 2007 at 10:30 pm 1 comment

The House Democratic leadership has bowed to pressure from LGBT activists and delayed committee action on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that was scheduled for Tuesday. This postponement gives activists additional time to urge the Democratic leadership to abandon its current plan to remove protections for transgender Americans from the bill.

The decision to remove gender identity from ENDA and introduce two separate bills was widely condemned by LGBT leaders and organizations including the Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Transgender Equality and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Jon Hoadley, the newly appointed executive director of Stonewall Democrats had this to say:

The step taken today by the committee to delay action on the substitute bill is a clear demonstration of the strength of grassroots organizing as exemplified by our members and thousands of advocates across the country. Our work isn’t over until Congress passes, and the President signs, an Employment Non-Discrimination Act that protects all working Americans from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

You can show your support for a trans-inclusive ENDA by signing the new petition launched by Stonewall Democrats here.


Entry filed under: Advocacy, Congress, Democrats, LGBT, Politics.

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