WATCH: The Best Moments from the Senate's ENDA Debate

Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa said ENDA's passage would make this "an uplifting week," amid comments from several senators on both sides of the aisle in support of the legislation.

BY Trudy Ring

November 05 2013 5:23 PM ET UPDATED: November 08 2013 8:11 PM ET

From left: Kirk, Baldwin, Harkin, Collins

There have been some remarkable floor speeches this week in the U.S. Senate in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which passed the chamber for the first time in history with broad bipartisan support Thursday.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin noted her historic position as the first openly LGBT member of the chamber, and Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, one of the ten Senate Republicans who voted in support of the bill, spoke passionately about the legacy of equality in his first floor speech since recovering from a stroke. But there were many others.

California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer reiterated that it's time to pass the legislation, name-checking a story The Advocate's Michelle Garcia reported about Marty Edwards, a Texas bank executive who was fired when he asked his supervisors if his sexual orientation played a role in him being passed up for promotions for more than decade. 

Watch Boxer's comments below and find more video highlights from the Senate debate on ENDA on the following page. And find out how the final vote broke down here


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