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The Department of Justice argued in an amicus brief yesterday that the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect LGBTQ workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation. The move came scarcely 12 hours after President Donald Trump announced he would ban transgender individuals from serving in the military in any capacity.

Attorneys with the Justice Department, arguing under Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that the agency does not believe LGBTQ workers fall under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which "makes it unlawful to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity) or religion."

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