For the first time in the Democratic party’s history lawmakers have unequivocally included trans-inclusive nondiscrimination language in the party platform.
The platform language, obtained by Buzz Feed, builds on previous support, saying:
We know that putting America back to work is job one, and we are committed to ensuring Americans do not face employment discrimination. We support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because people should not be fired based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
President Obama and the Democratic Party are committed to ensuring all Americans are treated fairly. This administration hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Bullying Prevention and we must continue our work to prevent vicious bullying of young people and support LGBT youth. The President’s record, from ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in full cooperation with our military leadership, to passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, to ensuring same-sex couples can visit each other in the hospital, reflects Democrats’ belief that all Americans deserve the same chance to pursue happiness, earn a living, be safe in their communities, serve their country, and take care of the ones they love.
The Employment Nondiscrimination Act would make it illegal to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace and would preclude employers making hiring and firing decisions based on these characteristics. ENDA, as the legislation is known, does however carry broad exemptions for private religious institutions.
ENDA has stalled in Congress for over a decade now despite widespread bipartisan support. Republican House Speaker John Boehner recently said he is “unaware” of the legislation but that he imagines the necessary safeguards are already in place, suggesting little action on the legislation while the House remains under Republican control.
As previously noted, the Democratic party platform also includes support for repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and goes on to state a support for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.