In a landmark decision, today the Senate voted to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that ensures equal employment protections for as many as 16 million LGBT people. A prior version of this bill passed in 2007, but lacked provisions for transgender people. Ten Republicans joined Senate Democrats in the winning 64-32 vote, but House Speaker John Boehner came out in opposition, saying he doubted it would come to a full vote. There are currently 29 states in the U.S. without laws protecting LGBT people in the workplace.
Senate Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill
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