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In a 64-33 vote, including 10 Republicans, the Senate overwhelmingly passed, 64-32, the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, or ENDA, Thursday. The first version of the bill was introduced in 1994, but none has ever passed either chamber. The bill bans discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, pushed a broad religious Read More
The fight over a broad religious exemption in the Employment Nondiscrimination Act is all but over. The question is whether the House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco will attempt to force the bill to a vote in the House this year. Pelosi has said all options are on the table. The Senate Wednesday approved Read More
Senate majority leader Harry Reid will bring the Employment Nondiscrimination Act to the Senate floor between now and Thanksgiving, his office confirmed Monday. The bill would ban workforce discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgendered people. A vote is likely but Reid’s office cautioned that the actual vote could come after Thanksgiving. In any event Senate Read More
Rapid movement continued on the gay rights front Wednesday as three moderate Republicans joined Democrats in a historic vote to approve a long-languishing workplace non-discrimination bill out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, was first introduced in Congress in 1994. Three Republicans joined all Democrats on Read More
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, reintroduced the Respect for Marriage Act Wednesday that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, even though the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the 1996 law known as DOMA. We said things wouldn’t be over and they aren’t. Section 3 denies all of 1,138 Read More
San Francisco married couple Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk, who faced deportation to Australia, gave a special thank you to House minority leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco for intervening, and said today’s court rulings end 21 years of worry and fear. They also thanked Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Immigration Equality. “It’s a beautiful Read More
Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has Read More
When House Speaker John Boehner, supported by former Sacto Rep. Dan Lungren, decided to defend DOMA when President Obama and AG Holder refused, little did they know that they would provide the justification for the Supreme Court to strike down the law on sweeping equal protection and due process grounds, setting the stage for marriage Read More
Here is the complete text of the Supreme Court opinions in the case of California’s Proposition 8, which sought to ban same-sex marriage.
Here is the complete text of the Supreme Court’s opinions striking down the Defense of Marriage Act signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton.