Equality NC: Time is right to pass Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Tuesday afternoon representatives from state equality groups will attend a White House reception for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens in recognition of gay pride month.

Ian Palmquist, executive director of Equality North Carolina, will be among those attending the event.

Palmquist tells the Washington Blade and Pam’s House Blend that given a chance during the reception, he will speak with President Obama about the importance of passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

“I would like the president to publicly and vocally call on Congress to pass ENDA as soon as possible,” Palmquist said. “I believe that ENDA is the most important item on our agenda right now — and passing it would have a transformative effect on a lot of LGBT people in our country.”

North Carolina is among the states that have no laws that protect LGBT residents against discrimination in the workforce.

You can read more about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) here.

5 Comments

  1. HunterC

    June 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    If you haven’t yet urged Senators Burr and Hagan to sign on to S 1584 (the US Senate version of ENDA), feel free to write or call.

    Here’s the link to Senator Hagan’s comment page.

    http://hagan.senate.gov/contact/

    She sits on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions where the bill is stuck, and she has NOT signed on as a co-sponsor yet — even though she signed on as a co-sponsor to a similar bill while she served in the NC Senate.

    And Senator Burr….well.

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  4. Luke

    June 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    This would be great. North Carolina could be like Michigan then. The unions have been so good to Michigan. Just look what state of affairs they are in now.

  5. D W

    June 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    This has absolutely nothing to do with unions, though I must admit that strawman is new to me.