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Schumer at DNC: We will pass ENDA

Chuck ShumerNew York Sen. Chuck Schumer speaks with a blogger at Charlotte's Democratic National Convention

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer speaks with a blogger at Charlotte’s Democratic National Convention

(Photo by Matt Comer/QNotes)

By Matt Comer/QNotes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was a “high priority” today during an impromptu question and answer session with independent media and bloggers attending the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

“I think [ENDA is] a high priority,” Schumer remarked. 

He blamed partisan division for the hold-up in getting the act passed, which would protect employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

“In the old days, we had some Republican support when there was such a thing as a moderate Republican,” he said.

“I think time is on our side,” he added. “I believe in much shorter time than we imagine, we’ll be able to pass ENDA.”

Democratic National Convention coverage provided by Metro Weekly and QNotes, the leading LGBT community newspaper of North Carolina, based in Charlotte.

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