On May 14, 1974, former US Representatives Bella Abzug and Ed Koch of New York introduced the Equality Act in the US House of Representatives. The Equality Act was a proposal to expand the coverage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee, but it died in committee and never became enacted. Lawmakers continued to propose similar legislation, only to have the bills fail in the House of Representatives, including the April 2011 Employment Non-Discrimination Act, proposed by former Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts.
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