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There is currently no federal law protecting individuals from job discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation. This means that at any time, someone can be discriminated against, fired or not hired simply because he/she is or is perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

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Senate Vote on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Blocked

December 9, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

A minority of senators succeeded today in blocking consideration of legislation that would repeal "don't ask, don't tell."

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Pentagon Study Shows Majority of Military Sees No Harm in Repealing 'Don’t Ask Don’t Tell'

December 1, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A Pentagon study to assess the impact of repealing the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers found that repeal would pose little risk to military effectiveness.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Identifies Six Priorities for Lame Duck Congress

November 10, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Congress returns to work next Monday for the lame-duck session, the last work period of the 111th Congress before the new Congress is sworn in next year. 

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has identified the following six goals as the civil and human rights community's highest priorities for the lame duck session:

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U.S. District Judge Issues Injunction on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

October 13, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips of California ordered the Department of Defense to suspend all investigations and discharges of lesbian and gay troops in the military under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy.

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Nine Recommendations for Federal Action to Combat Bullying and Harassment

October 8, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

This week, a group of more than 70 civil rights organizations, including The Leadership Conference, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, offered a set of recommendations for federal action, in the wake of the deaths of four teens who had been reportedly subjected to harassment and bullying based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation.

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Opponents Block Senate Votes on 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' Repeal and DREAM Act

September 22, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Yesterday, the Senate failed to garner enough votes to begin debating the Department of Defense authorization bill, making it less likely that the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal and the DREAM Act, which were both added to the bill as amendments, will become law this year.

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Civil Rights Groups Say Court Decision Means Congress Should Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

September 10, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Civil rights organizations are urging Congress to move more quickly toward repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy in the wake of a federal judge's ruling that the policy is unconstitutional.

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Department of Labor Expands FMLA Coverage to Include Domestic Partners

June 24, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The Department of Labor issued new regulations for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), expanding its coverage to include non-traditional families like same-sex partners who take care of their partner's children and relatives who may care for a niece or nephew or cousin.

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Congress Advances Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy

May 28, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The United States is moving closer to repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT), a policy that requires lesbian and gay servicemembers to conceal their sexual orientation or face expulsion from the military.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 234-194 to allow the Department of Defense to repeal the policy after the completion of a Pentagon implementation study. The vote came just hours after the Senate Armed Service Committee approved similar legislation by a vote of 16-12.

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