2013 looks to be the year where America finally embraced gay rights.
Fourteen states now allow same-sex marriage — six of them joining that group this year. Illinois is poised to be number 15 on that list.
The Supreme Court in June repealed the controversial, anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, removing federal barriers to same-sex marriage.
The Senate move speaks to the mood of America — we're only becoming more accepting of gay rights.
While DOMA dismantled the federal barriers keeping same-sex couples from marrying, providing them more freedoms, ENDA would set it place federal guidelines and protections for LGBT people.
While some states already have these protections, at the moment there are no federal protections for LGBT people who are fired or otherwise discriminated against by their employers because they're gay or bi or transgendered.
The final ENDA vote was 64-32, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats. This number makes it seem that there is a significant conservative slant against the legislation. The vote, though, is misleading. A clear majority of Americans agree with ENDA.
Just check this map, compiled by the Washington Post.
Banning anti-gay discrimination is supported by a majority in every single state. This ranges from a low of 63% in Mississippi to a high of 81% in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage.
Between 15% and 43% of LGBT Americans have experienced discrimination or harassment in the workplace as a result of their sexual orientation.
ENDA would help protect these Americans, and it's expected to be voted on by the Senate this month.
And it's clear most Americans stand behind this law.
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