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Breaking: Senate votes to approve ENDA

Today the U.S. Senate voted to approve the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a law that prohibits discrimination against LGBT employees in the workforce.

Sixty-one members of the Senate in a bipartisan effort voted to approve the bill that has languished in Congress for some 20 years. The 61-30 vote means ENDA clears the cloture requirement needed for a floor debate and final vote on the bill expected to come later this week.

House Speaker John Boehner, however, has said he is opposed to the legislation meaning it will not likely pass.

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ENDA vote to come before Thanksgiving

A vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act could come before Thanksgiving, according to sources in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Blade reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will announce today that he will bring ENDA to the floor for a vote possibly as soon as next week.

ENDA, a federal bill that would prohibit employers discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, has languished in Congress for years.

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Senate passes ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

The United States Senate voted to repeal the military’s anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy today. The move came just hours after the Senate passed a crucial cloture vote which allowed debate to close.

The earlier cloture vote was 63 to 33. A “super majority” of 60 votes was needed to end debate to allow an up or down vote. The final repeal vote needed just a simple majority of senators to pass.

The final repeal total was 65 to 31.

The House of Representatives passed an identical measure earlier in the week 250-175. President Barack Obama has called for the policy to be repealed and is widely expected to sign the bill into law.

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Reid announces ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ vote on Saturday

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced plans to scrap a 1,924-page spending bill from being debated and voted on during the final days of the current lame-duck congressional session in favor of votes on repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and the DREAM Act.

According to Huffington Post, the Senate will vote on the measures Saturday starting with the DREAM Act and moving on to DADT repeal later in the day.

The House of Representatives passed a stand-alone repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service members earlier this week by a wide margin. The Senate has been unable to move forward on the 2011 Defense Authorization Act that included repeal language, so Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Ct.) and Susan Collins (R-Me.) introduced a stand-alone repeal.