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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that existing federal civil rights laws regulating employment do protect gay and transgender workers, who are not currently explicitly protected by Texas state law, the Texas Tribune reports:


Texas is among a majority of states that do not offer explicit protections for LGBTQ communities in employment, housing or public spaces, though some of the state's biggest cities have passed some protections. And the ruling carries particular weight in a state where proposals to expand those protections have historically been dead on arrival at the GOP-dominated Texas Legislature.

The Tribune calls it a "major victory for gay and transgender workers in Texas and nationwide."

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