Post submitted by David McCabe, HRC Digital Media Intern
Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) by a vote of 15-7. All 12 Democrats on the committee are co-sponsers of the bill, as is Republican Mark Kirk.
Two other Republican Senators, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, also voted for the bill, despite having not made their positions known in the lead-up to the hearing. This summer, HRC has been on the ground in both Utah and Alaska to energize supporters around ENDA and to encourage them to make their support known to their Senators by sending postcards, emails and making phone calls.
In her remarks at today's hearing, Murkowski — who came out for marriage equality last month – credited HRC's postcard campaign with partially sparking her support for the bill.
Metro Weeklyreported her statement:
"When I was home over the break, I think it was 1,174 postcards were delivered to my office from Alaskans from around the state in support of ENDA," Murkowski said. "If you listen to your folks back home this is important to them."
HRC will keep working to insure this crucial bill's passage once it reaches the floor of the Senate. Contact your Senator now to tell them it's time for all Americans to be able to earn a living, no matter their sexual orienation or gender identity.