Supreme Court Rules 6-3 that Gay, Trans Employees Protected by Civil Rights Act

The Supreme Court just ruled today that a landmark civil rights law protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBT rights. This came from a conservative court.

In a 6-3 vote, the court decided to that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act, known as Title VII, which bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against LGBT workers.

Justice Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, and Clarence Thomas dissented.

“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,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the court.

“The Court tries to convince readers that it is merely enforcing the terms of the statute, but that is preposterous. Even as understood today, the concept of discrimination because of ‘sex’ is different from discrimination because of ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘gender identity,'” Alito wrote in a dissent that Thomas joined.

This was hailed as a victory by the LGBT workers and is said to have a significant impact on them by protecting them from workplace discrimination. Today estimates show around 11.3 million LGBT people live in the U.S. This is according to the Williams Institute at the UCLA Law School.

The Trump administration had changed course from the Obama administration, which supported LGBT workers in their discrimination claims under Title V11, the Trump administration felt this was not inclusive of this, the court has stated otherwise.

The cases were the court’s first on LGBT rights since Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement and replacement by Kavanaugh. Kennedy was a voice for gay rights and the author of the landmark ruling in 2015 that made same-sex marriage legal throughout the United States. Kavanaugh generally is regarded as more conservative.

It was the change from the Obama policy, where the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission changed its longstanding interpretation of civil rights law to include cases against LGBT people. The problem with the law, which the Trump administration stated, it gave protection due to sex, not due to sexual orientation.

In recent years, some lower courts have held that discrimination against LGBT people is a subset of sex discrimination, and thus prohibited by the federal law.

Efforts by Congress to change the law have so far failed.

The Supreme Court cases involved two gay men and a transgender woman who sued for employment discrimination after losing their jobs.

This could bring up some unusual situations, such as transgender workers demanding to work in Women’s shelters, or maybe the case of working in churches that believe such a lifestyle is a sin. They could, under the law, theoretically force the religious institutes to hire them.

This could bring up some unusual situations, such as transgender workers demanding to work in Women’s shelters, or maybe the case of working in churches that believe such a lifestyle is a sin. They could, under the law, theoretically force the religious institutes to hire them.

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