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Senate Adopts GOP Change on Gay Rights Bill

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The Senate has adopted a Republican-backed change in a bill outlawing discrimination against gays in the workplace.
 
By voice vote on Wednesday, the Senate approved an amendment from Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire that would prevent federal, state and local governments from retaliating against religious groups that are exempt from the law.
 
Gay rights groups and Democrats did not oppose the change. 
 
The vote sets the stage for likely passage of the bill on Thursday after the Senate considers an amendment from Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania that would expand the number of groups that are covered under the religious exemption.
 
The overall bill would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. 

The bill could get final Senate passage later this week, but its future in the House remains in doubt.

Both Nevada Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller support the bill. (AP)

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