Green Says He's Backing Law to Protect LGBT Workers, But Not Ready to Sign
A move to speed up legislation to ban LGBT workplace discrimination is being spearheaded through a letter last week urging President Barack Obama to issue an executive order.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has been gaining bipartisan support since last year when it passed the Senate.
Our local representative Gene Green, and more than 50 other Democrats didn't bother signing the letter that went out last week which called on the president to hurry up and make the law official, since more than 30 states still allow discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation.
Green, who has not cosponsored EDNA assured us he is backing the law.
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"I am opposed to discrimination in the workplace, whether based on gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation, and will vote in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act when it comes to the House floor for a vote," Green said in a statement to Hair Balls.
Other Democrats from Texas whose signatures are missing from last week's letter include Reps. Henry Cueller and Pete Gallego, as well as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who told the Huffington Post she wanted to sign on but did not make the deadline before the letter was sent out.
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