Only one Republican senator out of the 32 who voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) publicly voiced opposition to the bill.

ENDA, which seeks to end workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, cleared the Senate on Thursday with the help of 10 Republican Senators.

The measure now heads to the Republican-controlled House, where it looks to be dead-on-arrival.

During the 4 days of debate on the Senate floor only one member stood to oppose the bill: Senator Dan Coats of Indiana.

“The legislation before us raises very serious concerns regarding religious freedom. The so-called protections from religious liberty in this bill are vaguely defined and do not extend to all organizations that wish to adhere to their moral or religious beliefs in their hiring practices,” Coats told colleagues on Thursday. “For example, the religious beliefs of faith-based child care providers and small business owners would be disregarded under this legislation. Faith-based daycare providers could be forced to hire individuals with views contrary to the faith incorporated values of the daycare providers.”

Churches and religious non-profits are exempted from the bill, as are small businesses with fewer than 15 employees.

“Do we want to support policies that discriminate against an employer's religious beliefs and require employers to hire individuals who contradict their very most deeply held religious beliefs?” Coats rhetorically asked. “This bill also would allow employers to be held liable to workplace environment complaints opening the door to the silencing of employees who express their deeply held beliefs. This possibility runs counter to everything America stands for in the realm of free speech.”

(Related: Senate approves gay protections bill ENDA; John McCain votes in favor.)