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Nelson, Rubio split votes on bill protecting gays in workplace



The Senate voted this evening to proceed on a bill that would protect gay and lesbians against workplace discrimination. Florida Senators, as they often do, split their votes.

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson joined Democrats and a handful of Republicans to move the legislation forward. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio voted against it. Last week, Rubio's office said he opposed the Employment Non-discrimination Act because it goes far "beyond protecting workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation."

The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus on Monday sent an email to supporters asking them to contact Rubio.

"Last week, US Senator Bill Nelson added his name as an ENDA co-sponsor after a meeting facilitated by the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus. The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus along with countless many other organizations and advocates have been working hard to educate lawmakers at every level of government on the importance of these kinds of legal protections," it read. "With a vote as early as Monday, we need to pressure US Senator Marco Rubio and let him know that pro-equality Floridians like you want him to vote to support ENDA."

[Last modified: Monday, November 4, 2013 8:43pm]


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