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It remains legal in many states to discriminate against employees because of their sexual orientation or gender identity – something that President Obama hopes to change. On June 16th, the White House announced that Obama will issue an executive order aimed at stopping employers from discriminating against such workers on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed the Senate by a vote of 64-32 on November 7, 2013. The vote marked the first time that the measure prohibiting employment discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation or gender identity has ever passed either congressional chamber.
On October 28, 2013, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced that the United States Senate may in the very near future vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As this is written on the afternoon of November 4, ENDA stands only one vote short of the 60 needed to eliminate the possibility of a filibuster.