U.S. Senate Approves Gay Discrimination Ban
In a rare show of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate has approved a bill banning discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of sexuality. The Employment Nondiscrimination Act was passed by 64 votes to 32, with ten Republicans crossing the floor to vote in favor. Passage of the measure through the House is far from certain. GOP members, including Speaker John Boehner, argue that it restricts the religious freedom of employers whose employment practices are dictated by their beliefs. The Senate vote comes on the heels of Illinois’s decision to legalize same sex marriage earlier in the week.