Congress expected to vote on ENDA in 07 – By Lou Chibbaro Jr.

Activists promise to heed lessons of gay rights battles in 1996 and 2003

Editors? note: This is the first in a two-part series looking at the history of ENDA and prospects for its passage in the new Congress.

Congress is expected to vote this year on legislation to outlaw employment discrimination against gay and transgender citizens in the private workplace, according to gay U.S. Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.).

Such a vote would come 11 years after the Senate narrowly defeated the legislation, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, in a development that activists and gay supportive lawmakers say could provide lessons useful for this year?s effort on behalf of the bill.

?I hope to see ENDA pass in the House in the late summer or autumn,? Baldwin said.