Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement tonight after the Senate voted 61 -- 30 to advance a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans:
"I am very pleased that the Senate took a step closer to protecting gays from workplace discrimination. Vermont has prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation since 1992. It's been illegal to discriminate against transgender Vermonters since 2007. In the U.S. Senate, it has been almost two decades since legislation was first introduced to enact strong and clear federal protections against workplace discrimination against gays throughout our country. Tonight's vote is an important and long-overdue step in the right direction to make America the democratic and inclusive society it should be."