ENDA lands support from another Democrat
Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., became the 51st co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, meaning that legislation to protect LGBT people in the workplace now has majority support in the Senate. Of course, to break a probable Republican filibuster, the bill still needs to reach the 60-vote mark.
"Senator Carper believes it is important for federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation -- in the same way that current law addresses race, sex or religion -- in order to ensure that all Americans are protected equally under the law," Ian Sams, a spokesman for Carper, told the Huffington Post.
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid became the 50th co-sponsor - including Republican Sens. Mark Kirk of Illinois and Susan Collins of Maine - and has said the Senate will take up the legislation "soon." Only five Democrats - Sens. Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Bill Nelson of Florida, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia have not yet signed on as co-sponsors.