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Vote urged on U.S. Senate job discrimination bill

July 3, 2013 at 5:56 PM

WASHINGTON, July 3 (UPI) -- A homosexual rights group Wednesday urged the U.S. Senate to vote as soon as possible on a bill banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.

GetEqual said the bill had advanced to scheduled July 10 vote in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to get it to the floor for a vote at the earliest possible date.

GetEqual said in a written statement the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage made it clear discrimination in employment was no longer permissible.

"Now that the federal government recognizes the legal marriages of gay couples, it would be moving the country backward to force those same couples to hide their relationships or their identities in the workplace," the statement said.

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