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Rabbi David Saperstein: "We commend the Senate on passage of this landmark legislation, and we strongly urge Speaker John Boehner to bring ENDA swiftly to a vote in the House of Representatives. ENDA is a matter of civil rights."
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WASHINGTON, D.C., November 7, 2013 - In response to todays passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the Senate, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, released the following statement:
"Todays bipartisan Senate passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is an overdue and historic accomplishment in our nations effort to end workplace discrimination for the LGBT community. ENDA will extend federal workplace protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, who deserve to be judged on the merits of their work, not on whom they love.
Such legislation reflects our Jewish teachings, which emphasize the dignity and equality of all including workers. 'It is our pride and our glory that we are kind to those who work for us' (Sefer HaChinukh).
We commend the Senate on passage of this landmark legislation, and we strongly urge Speaker John Boehner to bring ENDA swiftly to a vote in the House of Representatives. ENDA is a matter of civil rights. LGBT families and individuals must no longer be at risk of being denied equal opportunities in the workplace and the right to earn a living because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
We will continue to proudly join our voice with others in the faith community, business community and more in calling for the enactment of ENDA and equality for all Americans."