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.).
- Battle to end anti-gay job discrimination given boost in US Senate (theguardian.com)
- Senate adopts GOP-backed change to gay rights bill (cjonline.com)
- Gay rights bill moves forward as opposition silent (sfgate.com)
- Senate adopts GOP change on gay rights bill (sfgate.com)
- Senate Adopts GOP’s ENDA Amendment Granting Broader Religious Exemptions (joemygod.blogspot.com)
- Illinois House to Vote on Gay Marriage Today (slog.thestranger.com)
- Senate adopts GOP change on gay rights bill (seattletimes.com)
- BREAKING: Senate Passes ENDA on Procedural Vote (advocate.com)
- Senate votes to proceed with gay rights bill (washingtonpost.com)
- Grassley says gay rights bill raises religious, legal concerns (radioiowa.com)