Enough about the band-aid of marriage, ENDA—the Employment Non-Discrimination Act—is set to be introduced in both chambers of Congress this Thursday.
ENDA is the piece of legislation that prohibits employment discrimination based on both gender identity and sexual orientation, with the 2009 version of the bill being the first time (thanks to Barney Frank) that provisions were made for transgender Americans.
The ENDA bill introduced in the last (112th) Congress is still sitting in a bunch of committees. According to the Washington Blade, there may be some emendations made to the bill to be introducted in the 113th Congress.
For many Americans, including myself, ENDA is the type of legislation that addresses real, substantive socio-economic problems within the fabric of our society—not marriage.
For more on the (failed) history of ENDA and its potential passage in this (or the next) Congress, check out THIS piece at the Daily Kos.