Call to action: ENDA

BTL Staff
By | 2009-11-12T09:00:00-04:00 November 12th, 2009|Uncategorized|

It is expected that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will be voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives shortly after Thanksgiving.
In 29 states, it is still legal to fire someone because they’re gay; and in 38 states, it is legal to fire someone because they are transgender.The historic act would make it illegal for anyone to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in the area of employment by a non-religious employer with over 15 employees.
ENDA has been introduced in every Congress except one since 1994, and in every session, it has failed. And, such is the case with many LGBT rights bills, the act faces staunch opposition from current Republicans in Congress.
If passed, it is expected that President Barack Obama would sign the bill into law.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is requesting that anyone in favor of the bill call their legislators and ask them to vote in favor of ENDA. “Even if you’ve called before, making another short call today will help keep the pressure on and ensure that our elected officials hear loud and clear from people who support equality,” the Task Force wrote in a message to constituents.
To speak to a particular representative, the Capital Switchboard can be reached at 202-224-3121. To learn more, visit www.thetaskforce.org.
Or, the Human Rights Campaign offers an opportunity to write a message to one’s legislators on their Web site at www.hrc.org.
To find our who your legislators are, go to Project Vote Smart’s Web site at www.votesmart.org and type in your Zip Code.

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