Supreme Court Rules Federal Law Protects LGBTQ+ Discrimination

Supreme Court Rules Federal Law Protects LGBTQ+ Discrimination

The court, in a 6-3 opinion, recognized that the 1964 Civil Rights Act's protections against discrimination based on "sex" also apply to gay and transgender people.

"We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary effect of that legislative choice: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law". "The answer is clear", Gorsuch wrote for the majority. We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary outcome of that legislative choice: "An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law".

When asked about the ruling, Baker said, "It's important for people to not have their employee status jeopardy by their gender identity, sexual persuasion or their sex". She got fired two weeks after telling her boss of her decision and coming to work as a transgender woman and announcing she would 'live and work full-time as a woman'.

Monday's decision was joined by Justices John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

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The woman told her boyfriend, who complained to Don's employer, which then fired the instructor. Transgender people, he wrote, will now "be able to argue that they are entitled to use" bathrooms and locker rooms reserved for one gender.

Third, the decision potentially short-circuits the Trump administration's mean-spirited agenda to wipe out protections for LGBTQ Americans in other venues, including military service and coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The Human Rights Campaign gay rights group called the decision "a landmark victory for LGBTQ equality".

It's a breakthrough moment for American civil rights, made all the more notable because of the current makeup of the high court: because there is a five-member conservative majority, many legal observers expected the Supreme Court to go the other way on this question.

A dissent longer than the opinion itself authored by Justice Samuel Alito and joined by Justice Clarence Thomas is also directly addressed by Gorsuch-and given short shrift.

The Supreme Court combined 2 cases. a man in Clayton County, GA who claimed he was sacked as a social worker after he became more open about being gay, and a man fired as a skydiving instructor.

Trump's Justice Department reversed the government's position taken under Democratic former President Barack Obama that Title VII covered sexual orientation and gender identity.

"Redefining "sex" to mean "gender identity" will create chaos and enormous unfairness for women and girls in athletics, women's shelters, and many other contexts", the group tweeted after the decision came down.

The instructor, Donald Zarda, was sacked from his job after the woman complained.

Prior to her death, Stephens crafted a statement in case the court ruled in her favor. Gorsuch, who signaled sympathy toward the plaintiffs during arguments in the case in October, wrote that "there is no way an employer can discriminate against those who check the homosexual or transgender box without discriminating in part because of an applicant's sex". "By discriminating against transgender persons, the employer unavoidably discriminates against persons with one sex identified at birth and another today".

"The Court tries to convince readers that it is merely enforcing the terms of the statute, but that is preposterous", Alito wrote in the dissent.

The court's decision had been highly anticipated since the case marked the first time the Court had taken up gay rights since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2018.

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