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Sen. Schumer at DNC: We will pass ENDA

(Editor’s note: San Diego Gay & Lesbian News has an exclusive local media partnership with QNotes in presenting special LGBT community-oriented coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, which will be Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C.)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was a "high priority" today during an impromptu question and answer session with independent media and bloggers attending the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

"I think [ENDA is] a high priority," Schumer remarked.

He blamed partisan division for the hold-up in getting the act passed, which would protect employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

"In the old days, we had some Republican support when there was such a thing as a moderate Republican," he said.

"I think time is on our side," he added. "I believe in much shorter time than we imagine, we'll be able to pass ENDA."

(2012 Democratic National Convention coverage is provided by San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, the most-read LGBT news source in Southern California, and QNotes, the leading LGBT news source in the Carolinas.)