In a two-to-one vote on Thursday afternoon, the Senate passed the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), as expected after it ended a filibuster earlier in the week. The senators going on the record, though, offers an opportunity: We can have an up-to-the-minute ranking of the gay-friendliest states in America.
The final tally was 64 to 32, with 10 Republican senators joining the Democratic caucus in support. This is the point where we offer the bad news for supporters: both Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor have suggested there won't be a House vote. Among the reasons the Republicans offer is that the law isn't needed, that there exist laws preventing discrimination already. There's an element of truth to this. There are regional and state laws offering some of the protections in ENDA — but not all of the protections, and not in every state. The ACLU has a map of the states that do.
Meaning that between the ENDA vote, existing anti-discrimination laws, and the legalization of same-sex marriage, we can by now offer a pretty complete picture of the gay friendliest states in the Union. So, let's.
First, we looked at Thursday's vote. Each state got one point for each senator that voted for ENDA. Which gives us this map.