Senate OKs gay rights bill banning discrimination

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 7:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has approved a bill outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
 
The vote reflected the nation's rapidly evolving attitude toward gay rights nearly two decades after Congress rejected same-sex marriage. The final tally was 64-32.
 
Despite the bipartisan vote, the measure's chances in the House are dim. Speaker John Boehner calls the shots, and he opposes the bill.
 
Gay rights advocates hailed Senate passage as a major victory in a year of significant change.
 
The Supreme Court in June affirmed gay marriage and granted federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. Illinois is on the verge of becoming the 15th state to legalize gay marriage along with the District of Columbia.

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