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In the peak of Pride Month, the US Supreme Court ruled to uphold the rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals to not be fired for their gender or sexual orientation. To argue these protections should not apply, lawyers fro Clayton County, Georgia argued, “This case is not about whether Congress should enact a statute prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation as a matter of desirable public policy. Instead, the issue presented in this Petition is whether Congress did so more than 50 years ago when it enacted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
The majority opinion, written by President Trump’s first Supreme Court appointee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, unequivocally states, “The answer is clear. 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.”
Two conservative justices joined ranks with liberal justices to form a 6-3 majority. Moving beyond marriage equality and into the workplace is a significant threshold to ensure no one can be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation or transgender status.
On the eve of the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall riots, conservative Christians are now saying the tables have turned. A Southern Baptist spokesperson said it had “seismic implications” and Franklin Graham commented, “I don’t know how this is going to protect us.”