WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- Two openly gay members of Congress want to extend federal anti-discrimination laws to sexual orientation, in an effort to protect gays and transsexuals from workplace bias.
Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin and Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, both Democrats, testified before a House panel Wednesday.
The House passed a similar bill two years ago, but it stalled in the Senate. A House vote is expected later this year.
Frank said that larger Democratic majorities in the House and Senate make passage more likely this time.
Religious conservatives and other opponents say the legislation is unnecessary and would lead to an explosion in costly litigation.
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