September 29, 2011 | by Chris Johnson
Hagan agrees to co-sponsor ENDA

Sen. Kay Hagan (photo courtesy Hagan's office)

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.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

1 Comment
  • When I watch the news and blogs its obvious that the USA has come a very long way re gays being treated equally under our laws. Of course marriage is the big problem because marriage is all about societies respect for couples.

    DOMA being abolished is going to be a horrible problem given the repub/tea party congress

    But ENDA will IMHO get a lot of support from people that wont buy into marriage.

    this is prob where the next advance can be made. HOw eg can the repubs who want everyone to work for a living etc, dare to refuse to protect gays from employment discrimination.?

    Its not going to be easy but the margin of victory may be there. And in so many independents minds, who complain about people living off the dole, how will they dare to oppose encouraging employment opportunites for gays.

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