The Free Press, Mankato, MN


Gay Rights Senate-3

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., center, the Senate's first openly gay member, is surrounded by fellow Democrats just before a historic vote on legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Baldwin, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Senate passage of the bill is a major victory for gay rights advocates in a momentous year that included the Supreme Court's affirmation of gay marriage and the granting of federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. The enthusiasm of the bill's supporters was tempered by the reality that the Republican-led House, where conservatives have a firm grip on the agenda, is unlikely to even vote on it. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)