The Republicans who are expected to vote yes are Susan Collins of Maine, Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Ms. Collins and Mr. Kirk, who are cosponsors of the bill, have been working to persuade colleagues on their side of the aisle.
So far, the most likely undeclared Republican supporter appears to be Rob Portman of Ohio, who said this week that he was inclined to vote yes. Mr. Portman said earlier this year that he had come around on the issue of same-sex marriage after learning that his son is gay.
While Mr. Manchin’s support makes it much more likely that the bill will get through the Senate, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is another story.Along with no federal protection against discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, there are also 29 states that also do not provide such protection as well. Wisconsin, under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA), does provide such protection.
I have previously written about ENDA and those posts can be found here.