Senate passes gay rights bill
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The Senate on Thursday approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in a historic advance for the gay rights cause.
The upper chamber approved ENDA in a 64-32 vote, and 10 Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the bill.
“Let the bells of freedom ring,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the lead sponsor of the bill, said Thursday. “The Senate has clearly spoken to end discrimination in the workplace.”
The legislation would create federal workplace protections for gay and transgender people by banning employers from making hiring and firing decisions on the basis of sexual orientation.