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Senate Ready to Pass Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill

Most employers would be banned from firing, demoting or refusing to hire workers because of their sexual orientation or gender identity under legislation in line for action today in the U.S. Senate.

The measure, known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, would extend protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers. A vote on passage will follow consideration of an amendment that would expand exemptions in the legislation for religious groups.