Congressional Democrats on Thursday introduced a bill that would extend federal civil rights protection against sexual-orientation and gender-identity discrimination in employment, education, housing, public accommodations and other important areas of American life.

The Equality Act, which comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recognition last month of same-sex couples’ constitutional right to marry, seeks to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964′s full raft of protections against discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion and national origin.

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