ENDA Passes Senate, 64 to 32

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US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks during a press conference as the Senate prepares to vote on the Employment Non Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, November 7, 2013. Standing alongside Reid are (L-R): Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, Democratic Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington and Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

A landmark bill to ban workplace discrimination against gay people passed the Senate today on a 64 to 32 vote, with the support of all 55 Democrats and nine Republicans. “Let the bells of freedom ring,” proclaimed Senator Jeff Merkley, who introduced the legislation. Yes, let them ring all the way across the nation hallway.