White House puts full-court pressure on Congress to pass ENDA

Only 17 states prohibit discrimination against LGBT Americans, Carney notes.

“As a result millions of Americans across the country go to work every day afraid and fearful that they may lose their jobs just because who they are or who they love. That’s not only unfair it’s contrary to the essence of what it means to be an American, it’s contrary to our values, and it’s also bad for business,” Carney says.

In an email accompanying the video, Valerie Jarrett, White House senior adviser, wrote: “It’s not just civil rights advocates who support ENDA. Business leaders know that prohibiting employment discrimination is good for business. Inclusive workplaces attract the best and brightest employees, and improve their bottom line.ENDA is set for a final vote in the Senate, and then the House needs to pass it. Americans need to know where members of Congress stand, and what is at stake.”

Georgia Equality issued an Action Alert to supporters asking them to call or email Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson to tell them to support ENDA.

Even if the Senate approves ENDA, it’s expected to be stopped by House Speaker John Boehner, who has said already he opposes the legislation. Unfortunately, he may be listening to the far right and their hangups with the bill. And, boy, are they doozies.