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Employee Non-Discrimination Act future dim


A law that would ban employers from discriminating against gay and transgender workers may never become a reality.

The U.S. Senate approved the Employee Non-Discrimination Act with Democratic and some Republican support. But House Speaker John Boehner opposes the bill. He argues it would create costly, frivolous lawsuits. And because of that, the bill may never reach the House for a vote.

"He won't only not bring it up for a vote. He's guaranteeing that it won't be considered in this congress. That's just plain wrong. He ought to give the House of Representatives a chance to vote up or down on this important and historic measure that would ban discrimination in the workplace," said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois.  

Sen. Durbin says despite this setback for gay rights, he's proud of Illinois' vote to legalize gay marriage. Governor Quinn plans to sign the same-sex marriage law November 20th. The ceremony starts at 3:30 at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


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