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ENDA is one more step toward true equality

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In his guest column for The Huffington Post, President Obama calls for congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, which would prohibit the firing of employees, based strictly on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

After last summer’s elimination of the military’s insidious “Don’t-ask-don’t-tell” policy, ENDA represents yet another step toward true equality in America — one quest that has embellished Obama’s pockmarked presidency.

The fact that workers must hide their life choices, or risk being terminated from their livelihood, is archaic at best and egregious at worst. With enough clarity for even the most conservative politician to understand, Obama writes of ENDA:

Does it make a difference if the firefighter who rescues you is gay — or the accountant who does your taxes, or the mechanic who fixes your car? If someone works hard every day, does everything he or she is asked, is responsible and trustworthy and a good colleague, that’s all that should matter.

This law represents what is fundamentally good about America. Let’s hope our congress sees it that way and passes ENDA.

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Mark Barnes is the Founder and CEO of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series -- books that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 130,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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