The US Senate has approved a bill that would outlaw discrimination against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) individuals, a move hailed by equal rights activists despite the fact that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is likely to kill the measure. According to the Associated Press, the Employment Nondiscrimination Act passed in the Senate by a vote of 64 to 32 — a vote that included some surprising bipartisan support.
Ten Republican Senators voted in favor of the bill alongside 54 members of the Democratic majority. “It is time for Congress to pass a federal law that ensures all our citizens — regardless of where they live — can go to work unafraid to be who they are,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal imploring lawmakers to pass the bill, and today he’s thanking the Senate for its contribution.
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