“Gay rights bill poised for final Senate vote”

POLITICO

By Burgess Everett

If everything goes as planned, gay rights history will be made on Thursday in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday set up the the final series of votes for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — which prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity — culminating in a vote final passage on Thursday afternoon if the bill passes a key, 60-vote threshold procedural test in the morning.

Senate passage of ENDA seemed more and more likely Wednesday after the Senate unanimously accepted an amendment by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) protecting religious groups exempted under the legislation from government retaliation. That amendment likely secured the vote of several other Republicans pushing for that language, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

(PHOTOS: 26 gay-rights milestones)

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/senate-gay-rights-bill-enda-99489.html#ixzz2jx3RwQeB

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from ...
Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from Nevada and Majority Leader of the United States Senate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)