Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will vote for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, according to his office, making him the final Senate Democrat to throw his support behind the law.
The bill would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he will bring the act for a floor vote this work session, and it could come as early as next week.
Earlier this week, the last Democratic holdouts — Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Bill Nelson of Florida — came out in support of the law. The bill is now just one vote shy of a filibuster-proof majority, according to the vote projections.
Although it’s unlikely the Republican-controlled House will take up the bill, it will force all senators to be on record on a gay-rights bill.