Speaker Ryan becomes latest Republican to announce retirement

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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With Republicans fretting about losing control of Congress in the mid-term elections, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has announced he won’t seek re-election, leaving an uneven record on LGBTQ rights and the door open for another Republican to take his place as leader of his caucus.

The 10-term member of Congress, who has served as speaker since 2015, announced during a news conference Wednesday he wouldn’t seek re-election to represent Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district in order to spend more time with his family, confirming news reports about his intended plan earlier in the day.

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National LGBT civil rights groups pull support from ENDA

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A handful of major LGBT civil rights groups are pulling their support from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund withdrew its support from the legislation, as did the American Civil Liberties Union; Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders; Lambda Legal; National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Transgender Law Center via a joint statement July 8. The issue is ENDA’s  broad religious exemptions which alloww for legal loopholes to still discriminate on a federal, state and local level.

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Senate passes LGBT workforce protections bill

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In a 64-32 vote, the U.S. Senate has voted to approve the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

The bill outlaws workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. 54 Democrats and 10 Republicans voted in support of the legislation.

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ENDA moves forward in Senate

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate is moving forward on the first major bill barring workplace discrimination against gays in nearly two decades as Americans’ shifting views about homosexuality have significantly changed the political dynamic.

Seven Republicans and 54 Democrats stood together Monday and cleared the bill past its first hurdle on a 61-30 procedural vote, setting the stage for debate on Tuesday and possible passage by week’s end. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

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Republican Senator backs ENDA, test vote today

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Proponents of a gay rights bill gained crucial support in the Senate on Monday as a Nevada Republican announced he backed the measure because “discrimination must not be tolerated under any circumstance.”

Hours before a test vote, Sen. Dean Heller expressed his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, joining all 55 members of the Democratic majority and four other Republican senators. Heller’s expected vote ensures that Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will be able to collect the 60 votes necessary to move ahead on the legislation with the goal of passing it by week’s end.

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All Democrats now back ENDA

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WASHINGTON (AP) – All Democrats in the Senate are backing a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Sen. Joe Manchin was the last holdout. His spokesman said Oct. 30 that the West Virginia senator supported the legislation that the full Senate could vote on in the coming weeks.

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Sen. Bill Nelson co-sponsors ENDA

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Washington – A Florida senator has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) 2013.

Sen. Bill Nelson’s (D-FL) support means there are now just two Democratic Senators who are not co-sponsoring the legislation: Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Pryor (D-AR). Right now, ENDA is just three votes shy of the 60 votes needed to clear the Senate.

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