Minnesota legislators sign on to sponsor ENDA


by Erica Mauter | August 11, 2009 • On government and private business discrimination

From MnIndy:

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Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken signed on to sponsor the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday. ENDA would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment. In 29 states, it is still legal to fire someone due to sexual orientation and in 38 states for being transgender.

Minnesota became the first state to ban discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity when it passed the Human Rights Act in 1993….

A House version of the bill is backed by Reps. Tim Walz, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison and James Oberstar.

So it’s one of those things that has a ton of sponsors, but that’s okay. Happy to see our senators and representatives are down with the cause. Some of them, anyway.

Eva Young asks in the MnIndy comments:

Why is Amy Klobuchar unwilling to state that she would vote to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? ENDA covers discrimination by the private sector, but doesn’t cover the government sponsored discrimination in the military – and women are more affected than men by DADT.

A-Klo has been vague about her position on health care reform, too. I generally like her and I respect that she thinks independently. I’d like to get some better answers on these topics, though.

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