Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) issued the following statement after the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA, cleared a key procedural vote in the U.S. Senate. Currently, 33 states lack legal protection from discrimination in the work place based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation is expected to be approved by the Senate later this week:
"I'm proud that tonight I joined 60 of my colleagues to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act forward in the Senate. Discrimination in the workplace is wrong, and, as a cosponsor of this legislation, it is my strong belief that all Americans deserve equal protection under the law, regardless of sexual orientation. This legislation is also about following the Golden Rule, ensuring that we treat others the way we want to be treated in the work place. After final passage, my hope is that my colleagues in the House will follow our bipartisan example and send this bill to the President for his signature."