The US Supreme Court delivered a landmark victory to gay and trans workers, ruling existing laws protect them from discrimination.
Employers nationwide are now banned from sacking workers because of their sexual orientation as a result of the decision.
US Supreme Court delivers landmark victory
The 6-3 verdict is the biggest victory for the LGBTIQ community since the court’s decision to support same-sex marriage.
The court had to decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to LGBTIQ workers.
The Act bars employment discrimination based on race, religion, national origin and sex.
The decision involved two cases of gay rights and one of trans rights, and came down to the definition of the word ‘sex’.
Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote:
“Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender.
“The answer is clear.
“An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex.
“Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.”
Before today’s ruling, job discrimination against gay and transgender workers had been common.
29 US states currently allow discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment and accommodation.
Kavanaugh ‘apologises’ for dissent
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin noted dissenting justice Brett Kavanaugh virtually apologised for his vote.
“The notion that you can discriminate against gay people in 2020 America is becoming increasingly intolerable.
“And even though Kavanaugh voted against protecting gay people’s rights, he felt obligated to almost apologise for it and I think that is indicative of the way the wind is blowing, at least on this one issue.”
WATCH JEFFREY TOOBIN’S ANALYSIS HERE:
Trump administration weakens LGBTIQ protections
Despite shifting public opinion, the Trump Administration has done all it can to weaken LGTBIQ rights to appease its many evangelical Christian supporters.
For example, on Friday it rolled back Obama-era healthcare protections for transgender Americans.
As a result of today’s Supreme Court decision, the conservative Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom said:
“Redefining sex discrimination will cause problems in employment law, reduce bodily-privacy protections for everyone, and erode equal opportunities for women and girls, among many other consequences.”
Additionally, dissenting justice Samuel Alito called the decision “breathtaking” in its arrogance and an “illogical” misreading of Title VII.
“In 1964, ordinary Americans reading the text of Title VII would not have dreamed that discrimination because of sex meant discrimination because of sexual orientation, much less gender identity.”
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