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Conn. Sen. Wants Vote On Anti-Discrimination Bill

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Senator Richard Blumenthal (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and various Connecticut gay rights advocates are trying to put pressure on House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) to take up a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays.

The Democrat has scheduled a news conference on Friday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to call on Boehner to allow a vote in the House of Representatives.

The Senate on Thursday passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA, would bar employers with 15 or more workers form using a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity as a basis for making employment decisions, including hiring and firing.

Connecticut is one of 21 states that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Blumenthal contends a comprehensive federal law is needed.

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