Gay Rights Legislation Talks in Washington

By Tracie Potts

Published 11/05 2013 08:05AM

Updated 11/05 2013 08:18AM

Republicans in Congress are divided over whether to support legislation granting historic workplace protections to gay and lesbian Americans, another vivid illustration of the party's internal tug-of-war between ideology and political considerations.

The Senate could hold a test vote as soon as Monday to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit many employers from discriminating on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or perceived gender identity. Most employers affiliated with a religious group aren't subjected to the law.

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