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United ENDA supports U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin's newly announced efforts to restore gender identity protections to ENDA

Date: 
October 16, 2007

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The following statement is being released by United ENDA. 
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 — Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) announced today that she has secured an agreement from the Democratic leadership to introduce an amendment to H.R. 3685 that would restore gender identity protections to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The amendment would be considered on the House floor next week, after the bill moves through the House Education and Labor Committee this Thursday. After her announcement, the United ENDA coalition released the following statement:

“Two weeks ago, our community was told that gender identity would not be included in any version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Congressional leadership expected our community to acquiesce. However, United ENDA effectively communicated the strong opposition of hundreds of organizations and millions of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to leadership’s efforts to advance a stripped-down version of the bill.

“It is because of our unprecedented efforts that new options, such as the proposed amendment by Representative Baldwin, are able to come before Congress. Members of Congress responded to the successful strategy of our coalition and many expressed their strong desire to vote for an inclusive bill that protects all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. 

“Clearly, our preferred strategy is to pass the original ENDA (H.R. 2015) out of committee. However, if we are faced with a non-inclusive bill following the committee vote, we will work with Representative Baldwin to repair ENDA to include protections on the basis of gender identity. We appreciate that congressional leaders like Representative Baldwin continue to share our commitment to pass an inclusive bill, and we expect Speaker Pelosi and the House leadership will actively support the Baldwin amendment.”

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