In a stunning decision today by mainly conservative jurists, the Supreme Court Ruled Transgender and Gay Workers are protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The New York Times reports that the vote was 6 to 3, with Justice Neil M. Gorsuch writing the majority opinion. He was joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan.
The case concerned Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars employment discrimination based on race, religion, national origin and sex. The question for the justices was whether that last prohibition — discrimination “because of sex”— applies to many millions of gay and transgender workers.
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The court considered two sets of cases. The first concerned a pair of lawsuits from gay men who said they were fired because of their sexual orientation. The second was about a suit from a transgender woman, Aimee Stephens, who said her employer fired her when she announced that she would embrace her gender identity at work.
This decision will positively affect the LGBT community setting a precedent of the highest order for lower courts regarding issues of housing, public accommodations, healthcare, and inclusion in sports.
This ruling is seen as a devastating defeat for Trump who has been chipping away at LGBT rights since he and his criminal syndicate skinked into up the White House in 2016.
And equally important is that we do not become complacent in our efforts to get that white supremacist and his ilk thrown out of the White House come November.