The Senate is pushing toward a historic vote on legislation
Courtesy of MGN Online
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is pushing toward a historic
vote on legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual
and transgender Americans.
All 55 members of the Democratic majority and several
Republicans were expected to unite on
Thursday in backing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Senate passage would be a major victory for gay rights
advocates in a momentous year. The Supreme Court in June affirmed gay marriage
and granted federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. Illinois
was on the verge of becoming the 15th state to legalize gay marriage along with
the District of Columbia.
The progress was tempered by the reality that the
Republican-led House is unlikely to even vote on the bill. Speaker John Boehner
maintains his longstanding opposition, arguing it is unnecessary and certain to
create costly, frivolous lawsuits.
350 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Main (304) 343-1313
Fax (304) 343-6138