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The US Senate voted 64-32 yesterday in favor of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), which would ban discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The 54 members of the Democratic majority were joined by 10 members of the Republican minority in approving the legislation, in what the New York Times called "bipartisan show of support that is rare for any social issue. It was the first time in the institution’s history that it had voted to include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the country’s nondiscrimination law."

However, there is no guarantee that the anti-discrimination legislation will become law. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives may not even vote on it, since Speaker John Boehner opposes it; his office released a statement saying that ENDA "will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs."

There have been some objections to ENDA on religious grounds, though the Times notes that "the bill includes a number of protections for religious entities, some of which were added this week to gain more Republican support. It now contains a provision that says no federal agency or state or local government that accepts money from the federal government can retaliate against religious institutions for not complying. This would include actions like denying them tax-exempt status, grant money, licenses or certifications."
KC's View:
I'm not sure how this is going to cost American jobs.

I think most Americans are in favor of not discriminating against anyone, including for reasons of sexual identity. I think most Americans believe that legislation requiring non-discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace is not going to force any religious organization to violate what to them are sacred beliefs.

America is a country that, while not perfect, is a place of increasing tolerance and acceptance. And I think that the people voting against this legislation - or not allowing it to be voted on - are going to be seen as on the wrong side of history.