Supreme Court LGBTQ Ruling
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the landmark civil rights legislation protects homosexual, lesbian and transgender individuals from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBT liberties from the court that is conservative.
The court determined by a 6-3 vote that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prevents job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, includes bias against LGBT employees.
“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,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the court.
Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, and Clarence Thomas dissented.
“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. “Even as understood today, the concept of discrimination because of ‘sex’ is different from discrimination because of ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘gender identity.’”
Even Justice Kavanaugh, who dissented, wrote the decision is an “important victory achieved by gay and lesbian Americans.”
The impact is expected to have a great impact on the estimated 11.3 million LGBT workers across the country. Most states don’t defend them from workplace discrimination. An estimated 8.1 million LGBT people live in those states.