The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination, just got its 50th co-sponsor, now that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid signed on to the legislation.
“No one should face discrimination in their workplace based on sexual orientation,” Reid, D-Nev., said in a statement, the Washington Blade reports. “It’s time to make fairness the law of the land. That is why I am co-sponsoring this legislation and I will do everything I can to ensure that it passes the Senate.”
From the Blade:
Reid has previously supported ENDA, but hadn’t before lent his name as a co-sponsor of the bill. His co-sponsorship is particularly noteworthy because as Senate Democratic leader, he normally doesn’t co-sponsor bills — even the ones he supports.
The Democratic leader’s co-sponsorship is also significant because it means ENDA has the exact same number of co-sponsors as the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal legislation in 2010 that eventually became law.