House Backs Protecting Gays From Firing

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Denver (AP) Gay people would be protected from being fired based on their sexual orientation under a bill approved by the State House.

The measure now goes back to the Senate for another vote because the House added a clause allowing small religious organizations to give hiring preference to people who support their religious values, if they receive federal funds and don't make their decision based on sexual orientation.

The bill adds sexual orientation and religion to the list of things employers aren't allowed to consider when hiring, firing or making promotions.

Lawmakers have passed similar bills in the last two years but they both were vetoed by former Republican Governor Bill Owens.

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