A major test of how carefully Republicans can navigate the perilous intraparty politics of sexuality will come on Monday, when the Senate holds a crucial vote on a bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay men, lesbians and transgender people. …
“If you’ve been told your entire career that Republican primary voters are hostile on these issues, and people have only just started to educate you otherwise,” said Jeff Cook-McCormac, a Republican lobbyist who has been pushing to get the bill enacted, “it takes a little while for that to sink in.”
While opposition appears less organized compared to previous gay rights debates in Congress, senators of both parties said the emotion surrounding the issue has complicated efforts to break a Republican filibuster attempt. CONT.
Jeremy Peters, New York Times