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Senate OKs Gay Rights Bill that Bans Workplace Discrimination

By: AP
By: AP
Senate passes gay rights bill barring workplace discrimination; chances of passage in the House are dim.

Photo by Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press

Nov. 7, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a bill outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

The vote reflected the nation's rapidly evolving attitude toward gay rights nearly two decades after Congress rejected same-sex marriage. The final tally was 64-32.

Despite the bipartisan vote, the measure's chances in the House are dim. Speaker John Boehner opposes the bill.

Gay rights advocates hailed Senate passage as a major victory in a year of significant change.

The Supreme Court in June affirmed gay marriage and granted federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. Illinois is on the verge of becoming the 15th state to legalize gay marriage along with the District of Columbia.


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