Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) delivered his first floor speech since he suffered a stroke nearly two years ago, promoting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
In a brief statement, Kirk made the case for a law he previously supported as a House member.
"I have risen to speak because I believe so passionately in enacting the ENDA statute," Kirk said, speaking clearly but at times haltingly. "You know, this is not a major change to law. It's already the law in 21 states."
The Senate is voting on the bill, which would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Kirk, 54, is one of few Republicans to announce his support for the bill, which appears primed to pass in the Senate but unlikely to pass in the House.