The Employment Non-Discrimination Act [ENDA] would provide basic protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It currently includes a broad exemption for religious organizations.
A recent U.S. Supreme court ruling in a case brought by Hobby Lobby said family-owned businesses do not have to offer their employees contraceptive coverage that conflict with the owners’ personal religious beliefs. As a result of this ruling, six of the nation’s leading LGBT rights advocacy groups withdrew their support for ENDA. The ACLU, GLAD, Lambda Legal, the NCLR and the Transgender Law Center fear that private companies may use similar objections to discriminate against LGBT Americans on the basis of religious liberty as it is written in the current version of the act.