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Washington (AFP) – The U.S. Senate passed a historic gay rights bill Thursday that would prohibit companies from hiring and firing based on an employee’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed 64-32, with support from both Democrats and Republicans.

“The Senate has clearly spoken to end discrimination in the workplace,” said Democratic Senator Jeff Merkely, who led the push to get the legislation approved in the Democratic-led chamber.

“Now I hope the momentum will carry to the House.”

The measure faces a tough challenge in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, where Speaker John Boehner has signalled his opposition on the basis that it hurts business and would trigger costly lawsuits.

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

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A federal district judge in New York ruled Monday that the U.S. Postal Service has to treat election mail as a priority, another loss for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in the courts. The judge, Victor Marrero, also ordered that overtime and extra deliveries had to be permitted by the USPS as election mail demands. This came in a suit brought by several candidates for office and New York voters against Donald Trump and DeJoy.

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