Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act – historic, comprehensive federal legislation to ban discrimination against LGBTQ Americans – with a bipartisan majority vote of 224-206.
U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today introduced bipartisan legislation to extend employee benefit programs to cover the same-sex domestic partners of federal employees to the same extent as those benefits cover legally married spouses of federal employees.
The strong support for ENDA by the panel could indicate that the bill had a good chance of passage by the full Senate, and observers now believe that ENDA has at least 55 supporters. Sixty votes are needed to avoid any filibuster attempt.
A bi-partisan group of Senate and House members today introduced the fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit most employers across the country from discriminating against LGBT workers.
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate, says she would not to commit to supporting former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Defense Secretary until she is more confident that his apology for anti-gay remarks he made in 1998 is “sincere.”
“This election is, by far, the most important vote LGBT Americans have ever faced. Our equality is on the line and only one political party has our back: Democrats. Your vote matters and so does the party you choose at the ballot box.”
First lady Michelle Obama speaks at packed luncheon honoring LGBT elected officials, saying: "Our president, my husband, has stood strong for the values of freedom, justice and equality that make this country great."