Democrats on Thursday will introduce a bill that seeks to bar anti-LGBT discrimination in all areas of civil rights law.

According to the Washington Blade, lead sponsors Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon will hold a press conference at noon on Thursday to discuss their proposed legislation.

If approved, the bill would prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in seven key areas, including credit, education, employment, federal funding, housing, jury service and public accommodations.

The bill is named after the first-ever gay right measure introduced in Congress 40 years ago: the Equality Act.

“Every day, millions of LGBT Americans face the danger of real discrimination and sometimes even violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Cicilline, who is openly gay. “In most states, a same-sex couple can get married on Saturday, post pictures on Facebook on Sunday, and then risk being fired from their job or kicked out of their apartment on Monday.”

The bill is expected to face a steep incline in the House, which is considering several bills aimed at limiting the effect of the Supreme Court's ruling striking down gay marriage bans in all 50 states as it relates to opponents.

Last week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled that existing laws prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

(Related: Existing law prohibits anti-gay workplace discrimination, federal commission rules.)