The U.S. Senate passed legislation Thursday to prohibit workplace discrimination against LGBT individuals. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA, passed by a 64-32 vote in the upper chamber and is now headed to the House. Ten Senate Republicans voted in favor of the bill.
“Let the bells of freedom ring,” said U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), who introduced the bill with Republican Illinois Senator Mark Kirk. “We have fought to capture that vision of equality, and liberty, and opportunity, and fairness embedded in our founding documents, in our founding vision. We’ve taken a huge stride today in that direction.”
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