A landmark bill was introduced in the House today that would make workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity illegal. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), introduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), would become the first-ever federal ban on employment discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans in most workplaces.

The following can be attributed to Laura W. Murphy, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office:

“ENDA’s passage is long overdue. No American should be denied the right to work based on his or her gender identity or sexual orientation. Employment discrimination can have a devastating effect on American families, and forcing a group of Americans to deny and hide their families and loved ones in order to hold a job is simply unacceptable. Congress should make this bill a priority.”

Read the full press release.