Obama Calls for Passage of Employment Non-Discrimination Act

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President Obama in a column late Sunday pressed for congressional Republicans to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, arguing that gay and lesbian Americans were being fired simply because of their sexual orientation.

"Millions of LGBT Americans go to work every day fearing that, without any warning, they could lose their jobs -- not because of anything they've done, but simply because of who they are," the president wrote in an op-ed for The Huffington Post.

"It's offensive. It's wrong. And it needs to stop, because in the United States of America, who you are and who you love should never be a fireable offense," Obama added.

The Senate is expected to vote Monday on ENDA, which would provide workplace protections to gay, lesbian and transgendered employees.

However, some conservatives argue that the proposed law goes too far and potentially punishes religious organizations opposed to homosexuality. Conservative groups, such as Heritage Action, have already announced they would score the ENDA vote -- putting Republicans in an awkward spot politically if they support the bill. …