A bipartisan group has reintroduced a bill that would protect LGBT people from being fired by most public or private employers.
According to Think Progress, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was filed in today (April 25). If passed, it would provide nationwide workplace protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) are spearheading the effort. ENDA has been reintroduced in Congress every year since 1994, however, activists believe that the momentum behind the gay rights movement could prompt legislators to finally pass it.
A survey by the Center for American Progress indicates that 73 percent of voters support ENDA, including Republicans and conservatives.
Under the bill, religious organization would be exempted from these LGBT workplace protections.
“This commonsense bill levels the playing field for LGBT workers by finally affording them the same workplace rights and safeguards afforded to other protected classes on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and disability, among others,” writes Think Progress policy analyst Crosby Burns.