Colorado’s US Senators vote to end discrimination against LGBT community

November 8, 2013

Both Colorado’s U.S.  Senators today helped pass a bill that would curb employment discrimination against the L-G-B-T community. They’re now trying to pressure House Republicans to take up the measure. Photo: U.S. Senator Michael Bennett

olorado already has a law on the books prohibiting workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender people, but Congress has not addressed the issue since 2007.

The Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, with the help of ten Republicans. 

It now moves to the House. 

After months of gridlock in Washington, Senator Michael Bennett (D-CO) says voters want lawmakers to focus on areas where there’s bipartisan agreement.

“They’re sick and tired of the partisan bickering and the partisan fighting," Bennett said. "When you see an issue like ENDA pass in the Senate with a bipartisan vote, you see immigration pass with a bipartisan vote, the Farm Bill as well – these are pieces of business that people expect us to get done.”

Some House Republicans support ENDA, but House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) opposes it. His aides say it’s unlikely to come up for a vote in the lower chamber.

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