There are growing concerns about religious liberty as the U.S. Senate moves closer to voting on legislation said to protect gay Americans from job discrimination.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to bring the the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the floor before Thanksgiving
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told The Huffington Post he has not yet decided how he will vote on the ENDA bill.
McCain fears the measure could lead to reverse discrimination. He even compared it to such failed attempts as "busing" during the Civil Rights movement.
Meanwhile, gay activists are objecting to a religious exemption in the ENDA bill.
A national LGBT social justice organization issued a statement in advance of the Senate vote.
The groups leaders praised the Senate's progresss toward a vote but said, "The bill continues to excuse religious bigotry as acceptable under the law. We've seen this insistence on religious exemptions and conscience clauses play out before. Religious bigotry will continue to trump LGBT equality."