For the first time in the history of the United States Senate, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed this chamber on Thursday by 64-32 vote.
One of the supporters of this legislation is Senator Tammy Baldwin (D, WI). At this time last year Senator Baldwin was celebrating her history making election becoming the first woman from Wisconsin elected to the Senate and the first openly gay person elected to this chamber.
Baldwin highlighted in a post-2012 election interview that she did not run to make history but to make a difference.
This proposed legislation makes a difference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers in ensuring they have protection in the workplace. The legislation proposed by the Senate is being praised for being inclusive of transgender workers.
While Wisconsin has openly gay congress members like Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representative Mark Pocan (D, WI-1), The Badger State is one of 29 states where a person can be fired for being LGBT as correctly pointed out by former tennis star Martina Navratilova. Also at this time Wisconsin is one of 35 states that does not recognize marriages of same-sex couples. Senator Baldwin and Rep. Pocan come from a state that do not provide them workplace protections and will not recognize the relationship between Rep. Pocan and his husband.
This is a difference maker.
On Wednesday Senator Baldwin spoke on the floor about what the passage of ENDA means for this country.