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In a blow to a move by the Trump administration to roll back civil rights for marginalized Americans, and a long time pet project of Vice President Mike Pence to specifically target the LGBTQ community, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that equality under the law extends to sexual orientation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“We now hold that sexual orientation discrimination constitutes a form of discrimination ‘because of… sex,’ in violation of Title VII,” the 2nd Circuit Court stated after an en banc hearing of all 13 judges.

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