WASHINGTON D.C., Monday, June 15, 2020 ~ The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that Federal civil rights law protects LGBT workers. Until today, you could be fired just for your sexual orientation. Not any more.
The Trump Republican GOP had argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not protect LGBT workers.
The Supreme court affirmed that you can’t fire someone just because they are gay.
The ruling is significant for many reasons:
- It reaffirms the Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015.
- The ruling was written by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
- It gives us hope that voting and participating in government can cause change.
Ruling Reaffirms 2015 Legalization of Same Sex Marriage
The issue seemed to be largely settled by the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision on Obergefell v. Hodges which requires all parts of the United States to give same-sex couples the same rights and responsibilities as opposite-sex couples.
Neil Gorsuch Turns on Trump
Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion. It is significant because he was only appointed to the Supreme Court because Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell blocked President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination.
Like a true Jim Crow Confederate, Senator McConnell cheated within the rules to prevent Obama’s appointment by not allowing it to be discussed on the Senate floor. So it’s a big deal that Gorsuch showed independence from the Trump-McConnell Republican GOP war machine.
The vote was 6 to 3 with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Brery, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
The Trump-McConnell Republican GOP sought to take away the human rights of the LGBT community. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh agreed with the administration.
Justice Gives Us Hope
The long march for civil rights in the United States is paved with false promises and betrayals, but this one case of functioning rule of law gives us hope that we can eventually have “liberty and justice for all” in our country.