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If everything goes as planned, gay rights history will be made on Thursday in the Senate. Gay rights bill poised for final Senate vote - Politico:
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.).
[“Asked whether he would vote for the bill, Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) said ‘yes,’ then added in a brief interview, ‘If we get the amendments worked out,’” according to an early morning AP report:
McCain was a co-sponsor of the Portman-Ayotte amendment. The Senate plans to vote Thursday on an amendment by Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) to expand the number of groups that are covered under the religious exemption.]