Gay rights activist Vin Testa of DC, waves a flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, June 26, 2013 in Washington DC. Photo: Getty Images/Mark Wilson
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 4:15 PM EST

In a landmark decision, today the Senate voted to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that ensures equal employment protections for as many as 16 million LGBT people.  A prior version of this bill passed in 2007, but lacked provisions for transgender people. Ten Republicans joined Senate Democrats in the winning 64-32 vote, but House Speaker John Boehner came out in opposition, saying he doubted it would come to a full vote. There are currently 29 states in the U.S. without laws protecting LGBT people in the workplace.