The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is advancing through the Senate and onto the House. And while this important legislation is gathering significant media attention, the inclusion of protections based on gender identity been missing in the news coverage.
John Banvard, a 95 year-old World War II veteran, married his partner Gerard Nadeau, a 67 year-old Vietnam veteran, at the Chula Vista Veteran's Home in California in September of this year after 20 years together. It was the first time Chula Vista Veteran's Home hosted a wedding ceremony between two male veterans.
Missouri State Highway Patrolman Capt. Dennis Engelhard and his partner Kelly Glossip were together in a loving relationship for fifteen years, until Dennis Engelhard's untimely death on Christmas Day in 2005 while on duty. The couple also have a seventeen year old son.
President Barack Obama wrote a passionate commentary expressing his full support of The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and the need for congress to pass the bill. The op-ed by President Obama was published in The Huffington Post.