Senate Votes to Pass Employment Non-Discrimination Act

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington D.C. (AP) --History was made on Capitol Hill today, when the Senate voted to pass a bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

2013 is becoming a year of major victories for gay rights. In June, the Supreme Court 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.

But while federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race and national origin, it doesn't stop employers from firing or refusing to hire workers because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Today, all Senate Democratic and 10 Republicans voted to change that by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

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