Congressman Smith released the following statement on the Senate passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA):

“I am very happy to see the Senate pass EDNA.  Currently, it remains legal in 29 states to fire or refuse to hire based on sexual orientation, and 38 states based on gender identity.  This is wrong.  This legislation does not create special rights, as some claim.  ENDA simply adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the current list of federal employment protections that already ban discrimination based on race, religion, gender, national origin, age, and disability.

“The American public, several organizations, and many Members of Congress have widely embraced and endorsed ENDA's goal of nondiscrimination.  It is now House leadership’s turn to allow a vote on an all-inclusive ENDA that provides equality for all LGBT people.  As a cosponsor of ENDA, I’ll continue to work with my colleagues and my constituents in Washington State to push for LGBT equality in the workplace.”