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Senate passes gay rights bill banning workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans

File: Same-sex marriage supporters wave a rainbow flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
File: Same-sex marriage supporters wave a rainbow flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
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The Senate has approved a bill outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

The vote reflected the nation's rapidly evolving attitude toward gay rights nearly two decades after Congress rejected same-sex marriage. The final tally was 64-32.

Despite the bipartisan vote, the measure's chances in the House are dim. Speaker John Boehner calls the shots, and he opposes the bill.

Gay rights advocates hailed Senate passage as a major victory in a year of significant change.

The Supreme Court in June affirmed gay marriage and granted federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. Illinois is on the verge of becoming the 15th state to legalize gay marriage along with the District of Columbia.