A major gay rights bill has cleared its first hurdle in the Senate.
On a vote of 61-30, the Senate decided to move ahead on the legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The bipartisan vote increases the chances that the Senate will pass the bill by week's end, but its prospects in the Republican-led House are dimmer.
Speaker John Boehner remains opposed to the bill, arguing that it will lead to frivolous lawsuits and undercut job creation.
President Barack Obama, in a message written for Huffingtonpost.com, had called on the Senate to pass the legislation,
The entire statement is available here.