BREAKING: In a historic decision, the Supreme Court has ruled 6-3 that employers cannot discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The landmark ruling is a major win for LGBTQ rights, expanding Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and effectively making it illegal to fire an employee for being gay or transgender.
The decision came as a huge surprise to many legal experts, especially given the recent appointment of conservative-leaning justices such as Neil Gorsuch to the Court. But in a shocking twist, it was Gorsuch himself who wrote the majority opinion declaring that discrimination against gay and transgender people should be illegal.
Furthermore, the opinion goes directly against the Trump Administration’s guidance, which had urged the Court to rule against expanding Title VII.
“The ordinary meaning of ‘sex’ is biologically male or female; it does not include sexual orientation,” wrote the Justice Department. “An employer who discriminates against employees in same-sex relationships thus does not violate Title VII as long as it treats men in same-sex relationships the same as women in same-sex relationships.”
Clearly, the Supreme Court didn’t see it that way.
This historic ruling was the culmination of a decades-long fight by LGBTQ groups for equal treatment under the law. Despite substantial gains in recent years, civil rights protections in employment remained frustratingly elusive.
As the famous saying about gay marriage goes, “you can get married on Sunday and fired on Monday.”
Source: Universal Life Church Ministries