The junior senator from North Carolina has agreed to co-sponsor legislation that would protect LGBT people from discrimination in most situations in the private and public workforce.
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) reportedly announced last week that she’ll support the Employment Non-Discrimination via a statement that was read at the NC Pride Festival and Parade at Duke University.
In a statement to the Washington Blade, Tom O’Donnell, Hagan’s chief of staff, confirmed the senator signed on in support of the legislation.
“Sen. Hagan believes all Americans deserve an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential and that no one should be denied a job or fired simply because of her or his sexual orientation or gender identity,” O’Donnell said.
The Senate version of the legislation, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), now has 41 co-sponsors. Gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) sponsors companion legislation in the House.