OBAMA SUPPORTS UPDATING CIVIL RIGHTS ACT FOR LGBT

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The Obama administration has said it supports the Equality Act, a federal measure intended to outlaw discrimination against LGBT people.

Spokesman Josh Earnest announced Tuesday the bill would protect religious freedom while also providing equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

“We look forward to working with Congress to ensure that the legislative process produces a result that balances both the bedrock principles of civil rights . . . with the religious liberty that we hold dear in this country,” Earnest said.

The Equality Act would update the 1964 Civil Rights Act to provide LGBT Americans with lasting protections against discrimination in employment, housing, education and other areas.

It is unlikely the bill will become law while Obama is in office since Republicans now in control of both chambers of Congress.

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