Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray released the following statement after the Senate passed the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) by a vote of 64-32. Senator Murray was an original cosponsor of ENDA when it was first introduced in 1994, and has continued to work for its passage ever since.
"For 19 years, we have been working toward this historic moment, and with today's vote in the Senate, we're one step closer to making ENDA the law of the land. This crucial bill would ensure that all Americans have the same opportunities to work hard and succeed, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation," said Senator Murray. "In many states, including my home state of Washington, we already have strong laws to protect the rights of our LGBT friends, neighbors, and family members, but we can't stop working until Americans in all 50 states are free from discrimination in the workplace. State lines shouldn't determine whether someone can be fired from their job simply because of who they are, so it's now up to Speaker Boehner and House Republicans to do the right thing and bring this landmark civil rights legislation up for a vote."