US Supreme Court backs protection for LGBT workers

Jun 17, 2020 by

from BBC News:

The top court in the US has ruled that employers who fire workers for being gay or transgender are breaking the country’s civil rights laws.

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court said federal law, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, should be understood to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

The ruling is a major win for LGBT workers and their allies.

And it comes even though the court has become more conservative.

Lawyers for the employers had argued that the authors of the 1964 Civil Rights Act had not intended it to apply to cases involving sexual orientation and gender identity. The Trump administration sided with that argument.

But Judge Neil Gorsuch, who was nominated to the court by President Donald Trump, said acting against an employee on those grounds necessarily takes sex into account.

“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,” he wrote.

Members of the LGBT community across the US were celebrating on hearing the news.

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Commentary from conservative Christians  (newest at the top)

A Morally Empty Jurisprudence by Hadley Arkes, First Things

SCOTUS writing transgenderism into law the ‘Roe v. Wade of religious liberty’ by Martin Bürger, LifeSite

‘Brazen abuse of our authority’: Alito, Kavanaugh criticize LGBT SCOTUS ruling Gorsuch, Roberts voted for by Mary Margaret Olohan, BPR Wire

A Striking Display of Sophistry by R R Reno, First Things

Was It All for This? The Failure of the Conservative Legal Movement by Senator Josh Hawley, Public Discourse

Supreme Court: Employment Law Protects Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity by Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition

U.S. Supreme Court Rewrites the Law on Sex Discrimination: What Can We Do? by Sharon Slater, Family Watch International

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