All Senate Democrats Now Support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Joe Manchin is now behind the law, possibly setting up a Senate vote on gay rights.

Sen. Joe Manchin talks to members of the media at the Capitol Building on October 14, 2013.
National Journal
Elahe Izad
Oct. 30, 2013, 7:32 a.m.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will vote for the Em­ploy­ment Non-Dis­crim­in­a­tion Act, ac­cord­ing to his of­fice, mak­ing him the fi­nal Sen­ate Demo­crat to throw his sup­port be­hind the law.

The bill would ban dis­crim­in­a­tion based on sexu­al ori­ent­a­tion or gender iden­tity in the work­place. Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id has said he will bring the act for a floor vote this work ses­sion, and it could come as early as next week.

Earli­er this week, the last Demo­crat­ic hol­d­outs — Sens. Mark Pry­or of Arkan­sas and Bill Nel­son of Flor­ida — came out in sup­port of the law. The bill is now just one vote shy of a fili­buster-proof ma­jor­ity, ac­cord­ing to the vote pro­jec­tions.

Al­though it’s un­likely the Re­pub­lic­an-con­trolled House will take up the bill, it will force all sen­at­ors to be on re­cord on a gay-rights bill.