Prominent Republican lawyer Ted Olson backs ENDA

(Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

(Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

BY CHRIS JOHNSON
Washington Blade

A Republican lawyer who has gained notoriety for leading marriage equality lawsuits is lending his name to another LGBT cause: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Ted Olson, who argued against California’s Proposition 8 before the U.S. Supreme Court and just this week joined another lawsuit seeking marriage equality in Virginia, announced he backs ENDA during a conference call with reporters on Monday about his new lawsuit with the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

Olson endorses ENDA on the day that the Americans for Workplace Opportunity, a campaign seeking to pass the legislation, made public new polling from Republican pollster Target Point Consulting. Among the findings: 68 percent of voters, including 56 percent of Republicans, support a federal law barring LGBT workplace discrimination.

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