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Why protections against 'sex discrimination' should include gays and lesbians

Why protections against 'sex discrimination' should include gays and lesbians

Legislation to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination in the workplace has languished for years on Capitol Hill, even as the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples may marry and Congress has voted to allow gay Americans to serve openly in the military.

But now, while they continue to press for federal legislation that explicitly outlaws discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, some gay-rights supporters want the Obama administration to declare that such protection already exists in the Civil Rights Act's ban on discrimination based on an individual's “sex.”

It's an audacious approach to overcoming legislative...

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