Stars React to Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ Rights

Henrietta Strickland
June 17, 2020

While the court is establishing a long history of decisions expanding gay rights, this is the first time it spoke directly about the legal protections for transgender individuals. "And in the end, I didn't", he said.

Buttigieg, a veteran of the US Navy Reserves who served one tour in Afghanistan in 2014, also said that he could have lost his job in the military if it was known that he was gay.

Transgender rights is becoming a political battlefield, and a majority of the Supreme Court just announced which side it's on.

"This is a win for the workplace, but it doesn't regulate health care, access to rental property, restrooms, health-care settings or credit", said Kendra Johnson, the executive director of Equality North Carolina, an LGBTQ advocacy organization.

Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for president, hailed the decision as "a momentous step forward for our country".

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

Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion and in doing so boils down the hearing to a single question: "If an employer takes an employment action exclusively because of the sexual orientation or gender identity of an employee or applicant, has that employer necessarily discriminated because of biological sex?" "Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids", justice Neil Gorsuch wrote.

"Those who adopted the Civil Rights Act might not have anticipated their work would lead to this particular result", Gorsuch said.

"The limits of the drafters' imagination supply no reason to ignore the law's demands", he wrote. Currently, less than half of U.S. states have anti-discrimination protections based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

He said it was the job of Congress to update the law, not the justice system.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian religious freedom group, said the court's decision was "truly troubling" and encroached on the religious beliefs of employers.

Along with Bostock's case the court considered two others, including that of transgender plaintiff Aimee Stephens. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Aimee Stephens worked as a funeral director and said that she was sacked when she informed the owner that she is transgender and planned to come to work as a woman.

The answer, he says, "must be no", unless discriminating because of sexual orientation or gender identity inherently constitutes discrimination because of sex.

Rep. Allison Dahle, a Democrat in the state House of Representatives, said North Carolina would have to reverse parts of HB 2 and HB 142 to fully protect gay and transgender people inside and outside the workplace.

"When I was sacked seven years ago, I was devastated. Firing us wasn't just permitted - it was policy", he said.

Pop superstar Taylor Swift also lauded the decision, tweeting, "We still have a long way to go to reach equality, but this is a handsome step forward".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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