Legislation that would ban employment discrimination based on LGBT status nationwide passed a key Senate committee easily Wednesday, with the support of all 12 of the committee's Democrats and three Republicans. Seven other Republicans voted no. Among GOP senators voting aye were Orrin Hatch of Utah, a Mormon who said he supported the bill because it exempted religiously affiliated organizations. The hearing marked the first time in history that a transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act cleared a congressional vote. The White House and Democratic leaders urged the House to also take up the measure, but Republican leaders there have no plans to bring it up, according to The New York Times.

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