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Republican Support for ENDA Continues to Build

Support for common-sense workplace protections for the LGBT community continues to build on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Today, Republican Representative Mike Coffman (CO-6) officially signed on as a cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).  Coffman explained his support in POLITICO:
 
“I see this legislation as the workplace equivalent of the Golden Rule — do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.  In the workplace, in 2014, we should judge employees the way we would want to be judged — based on our qualifications, our contributions and by our character, period.”

Coffman joins Republican Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Richard Hanna (NY-22), Charlie Dent (PA-15), Jon Runyan (NJ-3), Chris Gibson (NY-19), Michael Grimm (NY-11) and Tom Reed (NY-23) in supporting this critical legislation.

HRC is a lead partner in Americans for Workplace Opportunity, the bipartisan campaign to pass ENDA. We won an amazing victory for ENDA in the Senate, and now we've committed $1.3 million to the $2.3 million effort to pass it in the House, which will focus on 30 congressional districts in 21 states, convincing key representatives to vote for equality in the workplace.

This will be a tough fight, but we can win ENDA if lawmakers across the country hear from their constituents about their support for this critical legislation.  Call on your Representative to support ENDA now.

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