White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told Reuters in an interview on Sunday that President Obama is hoping to bolster his record on gay rights with a push for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), but congressional aides say there is little evidence to indicate his administration is prioritizing the legislation.
“ENDA is a priority. Right now the votes aren’t there, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be,” Jarrett told Reuters.
While a growing number of lawmakers have come out in support of marriage equality, few of the recent congressional gay rights converts have endorsed the measure to protect gay and transgender people from job discrimination. (Looking directly at you, Rob Portman, et al.)