Both Rep. Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin, two-thirds of the House’s gay contingent, say they will be getting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in front of lawmakers this month for an actual, real-life, not-pretend vote. Both legislators even say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised them the bill, after it moves through the House Education and Labor Committee, would head quickly to the floor for a full vote.
The news has National Center for Transgender Equality executive director Mara Keisling “extremely optimistic,” though we’ve been careful to note that even a wink from the Hill gets Gay Inc. excited. So what could engender (see what we did there?) any final hold-ups? Just those little language tweaks that always get legislation held up, like how to phrase “let transgender employees use whatever damn bathroom they want to.” And no, don’t think lawmakers are going to sneak in a some sort of DADT repeal via ENDA; the bill won’t cover military service members.