Leaders of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) lauded the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) yesterday. In a historic vote, the Senate passed the bill, 64 to 32, after four days of debate over the scope of workplace protections for Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transexual (LGBT) employees. If passed by the House and signed into law by the President, ENDA would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Hindu philosophy teaches that one’s true, divine nature is independent of his or her sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Harsh Voruganti, Esq., HAF’s Assistant Director of Public Policy. “In that light, ENDA is an important tool to ensure that all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, enjoy the same protections in the workplace. We urge the House to follow suit and pass this important legislation.”

On Wednesday, HAF sent a letter to all members of the Senate supporting ENDA and opposing the Toomey Amendment. The Toomey Amendment, which was defeated by the Senate, would have significantly expanded the number of employers covered under ENDA’s religious exemption.

“Drawing inspiration from our teachings about the inherent worth of every individual, we at HAF are committed to fighting the good fight until all people, regardless of the identifiers which separate us, are treated with dignity and respect,” said Voruganti.