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Marco Rubio On ENDA: 'I'm Not For Any Special Protections Based On Orientation' (VIDEO)

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he's "not for any special protections based on orientation" when asked about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) by ThinkProgress.

Rubio told ThinkProgress he hadn't read the legislation, which would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

"I haven’t read the legislation. By and large I think all Americans should be protected but I’m not for any special protections based on orientation," Rubio said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Monday that he expects to take up ENDA "soon."

The legislation was introduced in the current Congress by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) in the House and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in the Senate. The bill hasn't had a vote on the House or Senate floor since November 2007, when it passed the House by 235-184.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) quietly signed on to cosponsor the legislation on June 7. HuffPost's Amanda Terkel reported earlier:

Heitkamp quietly signed on as a cosponsor June 7, with no public notice. A Democratic aide confirmed Heitkamp's inclusion to The Huffington Post. Her office did not immediately return a request for comment.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) are the only two Republican cosponsors of ENDA. The Democrats who are not currently signed on are Sens. Tim Johnson (S.D.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Jay Rockefeller (W.Va.). Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) does not cosponsor bills, but he is a vocal supporter of the legislation. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) also signed on as a cosponsor on June 3.

Click here for more from ThinkProgress, and watch a video of Rubio's remarks above.

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