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Employment Non-Discrimination Bill Introduced

Date: 
June 09, 1997

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) today announced its support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 1997 (ENDA). Introduced in Congress today, the bill would prohibit employment discrimination based solely on an individual's sexual orientation. President Clinton has once again given his support to the measure. The legislation would provide meaningful and effective remedies for such discrimination, similar to those under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A similar version of the legislation was defeated last year in the Senate by a vote of 50-49.

The following statement is attributable to Kerry Lobel, executive director of NGLTF:

"NGLTF joins our civil rights allies in supporting ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 1997. The message of ENDA is clear and straightforward. Discrimination is wrong. We look forward to the day when gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people no longer have to fear the loss of their jobs on the basis of their sexual orientation. When that day comes, our society will have taken another step forward in assuring justice and equality for all of its citizens.

Across the country, state and local legislators are forging a trail on employment and other civil rights bills banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Just this year New Hampshire and Maine adopted laws banning employment discrimination against gays and lesbians. They join nine other states (WI, MA, CT, HI, CA, NJ, VT, MN, RI) and the District of Columbia which previously adopted such laws. This means that nearly one out of four people in the country live where discrimination based on sexual orientation is outlawed. In fact, all but California's anti-discrimination law extend the ban on discrimination to housing and public accommodations.

We thank the 180 Members of Congress who are ENDA cosponsors for their leadership in the quest for social justice. We urge other Senators and Representatives to do the same and join the increasing number of supporters for workplace fairness."

To view a full copy of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), please click here....

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