Prop 8 lawyer Ted Olson endorses ENDA

The Washington Blade reports, Ted Olson, who argued against California’s Proposition 8 before the U.S. Supreme Court and just this week joined another lawsuit seeking marriage equality in Virginia, announced he backs ENDA.

Asked by the Washington Blade whether he supports ENDA, which would prohibit employers from discriminating against LGBT workers, Olson initially replied simply, “Yes.”

“I feel very, very strongly that this country ought to stop discriminating against our citizens on the basis of their sexual orientation,” Olson continued. “It is unfair, it’s unreasonable, it’s unacceptable. It serves no purpose and it does a great deal of harm.”

Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Americans for Workplace Opportunity, said Olson’s endorsement demonstrates ENDA has significant bipartisan support.

“Ted Olson’s support amplifies the bipartisan momentum to pass ENDA,” McTighe said. “He joins the strong majority of Republicans, according to the poll we released this morning, who believe in protecting gay and transgender employees in the workplace. ENDA is both good for business and the right thing to do.”

Read the full story at the Washington Blade.

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