Nov. 7 - Senate passes bill to ban discrimination against gay workers, sending the measure to the House where it faces an uphill struggle. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The Democratic-led Senate, reflecting a major shift in the past decade in public support of gay rights, passed a bipartisan bill on Thursday (November 7) to outlaw discrimination against gay workers. Prior to the bill's vote on the Senate floor, its supporting Senate Democrat leaders begged House Speaker John Boehner to take up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and let the House vote on the bill. "So I'm asking Speaker Boehner, don't plug this up, don't stop this," Senator Tom Harkin, an Oregon democrat, said. "Too many people in America have been waiting for far too long to end this blatant discrimination against people because of their gender identity or sexual orientation." The measure, which cleared the Senate, 64-32, with 10 Republicans joining 52 Democrats and two independents in voting "yes," faces an uphill struggle in the Republican-led House of Representatives.