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FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2013 file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Proponents of a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity are optimistic about the measure's prospects ahead of a crucial Senate vote. Nearly 20 years after a similar bill failed by one vote, Republicans and Democrats have joined forces on a bill critical to gay rights advocates. The broad support reflects changing national views months after the Supreme Court expanded federal recognition of same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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