Obama Adminstration Calls for Comprehensive Protection Against LGBT Discrimination

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On Tuesday, the Obama administration confirmed it would back legislation efforts to provide comprehensive protection against discrimination toward the LGBT community.

If the measure is approved, it would "amend the half-century-old Civil Rights Act to tackle discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans," according to Inquirer.net.

"This is something the administration has been reviewing for several weeks now,” Josh Earnest, White House spokesman, said. “Upon that review, it is now clear that the administration strongly supports the Equality Act. That bill is historic legislation that would advance the cause of equality for millions of Americans.”

In continuation of the landmark legal victory on gay marriage, the Equality Act would provide a "wider range of protections" with added language directed at gay and transgender people. 

While "there is no federal law that explicitly prevents people from being fired, evicted, or refused service on account of their sexual orientation or gender identity," according to the Washington Post, the 1964 Civil Rights Act might actually protect against transgender discrimination. The language in the law bans discrimination by “sex” and therefore makes “sex-stereotyping," or discriminated against people because "they do not behave according to the sex assigned to them at birth" may already be protected under the historic law.

No matter what the current language of the legislation states, the Obama administration will push forward with it's efforts to add an amendment that would expand protections for gay and transgender Americans. But will it pass through the Republican-controlled Congress?


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