Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Senate Plan to Vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement after the Senate announced its plan to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), legislation that would prohibit employment discrimination against LGBT Americans in the workplace:
“I am pleased that the Senate is planning to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and I call upon Speaker Boehner to bring up HR 1755, the companion House bill that I have cosponsored and which will implement protections for the LGBT community against discrimination and harassment. It is long past due to make America’s promise of equality a reality for our LGBT community. Passing these bills will ensure that every American, regardless of their sexual orientation, can achieve the American dream.
“The Employment Non-Discrimination Act bans employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity by private and public sector employers. Not only do all of our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews deserve to love and marry whomever they choose without fear of discrimination or prejudice by employers, they must also have the opportunity to achieve their dreams and help build our economy. Right now—in 29 states, those dreams can be denied by employers. This must end.
“This country has a long history of expanding rights—and this is another necessary step forward. As we celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA), I applaud the Senate for taking up this bill—and hope that my colleagues in the House of Representatives will do the same.”