ENDA Bill Passes, Gays Could Receive Special Protections

ENDAInvoking cloture in a 61-30 vote, U.S. senators approved Monday a bill that makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

Diane Gramley, president of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania, expressed disappointment with Senators Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, and Patrick Toomey’s, R-Pennsylvania in their support of the bill.

"[Bob] Casey and [Pat] Toomey have sent a message to the religious community that their beliefs don't matter, and that it's okay with them if we're forced to celebrate homosexuality," said Gramley.

If the bill receives final passage it would give special protections to homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders, forcing Christian employers to hire them or face a penalty. 

"They have shown their true colors in voting to advance this very discriminatory bill – and that even if it's a Christian hospital or university, it doesn't matter: you'll be forced to hire someone like that."

Gramley says it is likely the full Senate will pass the bill, but said the bill is unlikely to come up in the House.