Perhaps one of our greatest challenges in advancing these much-needed protections is public misconception: Most Americans think there are already federal non-discrimination protections for gay and transgender employees in the workplace. Itís 2013, after all. From those who never follow politics to those who do it for a living, the refrain is the same: Of course there is such a law!
Sadly, there is not. Yet.
Senators on both sides of the aisle can begin the process of remedying that injustice. Itís time for Congress to pass this bill, 20 years in the making. At a time of relentless gridlock in Washington, this is an opportunity to get something meaningful done. Working to ensure freedom for all Americans and allow hard-working men and women across the country to provide for their families is a value we all share.
Nothing should stand in the way of every American pursuing his or her dream.
Matt McTighe is the campaign manager for Americans for Workplace Opportunity, the campaign to pass ENDA through Congress.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.