WASHINGTON (AP) - Gay rights advocates from both parties are upbeat about the prospects for Senate passage of legislation that would bar employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The first test vote comes Monday.
The outlook for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act reflects the nation's growing tolerance of homosexuality and the GOP's political calculation as it looks for supporters beyond its core base of older voters.
A Pew Research survey in June found that more Americans - by nearly 2-to-1 - said homosexuality should be accepted rather than discouraged by society.
Opinions were more evenly divided 10 years ago.
Even if the Senate passes the bill, the measure faces an uncertain fate in the GOP-led House.