The beginning of the ENDA: Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) may have a chance of passage by Congress

HR 2981, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is proposed legislation “to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity” [quoting the bill’s self-description]. Some version of this has been considered by Congress almost every year since 1994 and, for the first time, it may have the support it needs to pass. Supporters are on the offensive: “[T]he religious right will be working overtime to distort ENDA, from pulling the ‘sexual predators invading women’s bathrooms’ card to claiming that churches will be ‘forced to hire flamboyant homosexuals.’ Don’t let them flip the script,” Alvin McEwen writes. [“Bathrooms, Church Exemptions, and Lies: Five ways the religious right misrepresents ENDA,” www.pamshouseblend.com, 9-22-09]