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Gay Rights Bill to Outlaw Workplace Discrimination
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKRC) -- Nearly two decades after it was first introduced, Thursday the Senate voted to approve a bill outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
Ten Republicans joined Senate Democrats to deliver the victory to gay rights advocates. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act makes it a crime for employers to discriminate against workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The bill has been introduced in nearly every congress since 1994. During the debate before Thursdays final vote, Indiana Senator Dan Coats was the first to speak out against the measure.
Ohio Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown voted yes. Both Kentucky senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul voted no. Indiana's Dan Coats voted no, while Joe Donnelly voted yes.
House Speaker John Boehner has signaled he will not bring it up for a vote in the house. He says the law could leave businesses open to frivolous lawsuits. So the issue will not become law.
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