A bill that would have protected gay and lesbian state workers died in the Virginia House of Delegates Tuesday.

The action comes a day after Democratic senators, with the aid of one Republican, Senator Fred Quayle, approved a similar measure for the first time.

The bill, sponsored by Delegate Adam Ebbin, a Democrat from Arlington, would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of state nondiscrimination employment classifications.

House Bill 1116 died in a General Laws subcommittee chaired by Republican Delegate John Cosgrove. In a 5 to 3 vote, members voted down the bill.

In killing the bill, Republicans said they were unconvinced such discrimination was currently taking place. Delegate Todd Gilbert, a Republican from Page County, said the bill “goes way too far.”

Citing the House's overwhelming Republican majority, most Capitol watchers had predicted defeat for the bill in the lower chamber.

The subcommittee also did away with a bill sponsored by Delegate Kenneth R. Plum that would have outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for all Virginians in the areas of employment and public accommodations.