What a day for the LGBTQ+ community in the United States.
The Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday, June 15, 2020, stated that they’re covered under the federal law that forbids discrimination in the workplace.
According to the highest court of the land, a landmark federal civil rights law from the 60s protects gay and transgender workers. The news was met with joy by the Democrats and left wing.
Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. who are conservatives, joined the court’s liberals in the 6-to-3 ruling.
They said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination “because of sex,” includes gay and transgender employees.
The decision was a surprise, as its author, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, is President Trump’s first choice for the high court and such a favorite among the conservatives.
During oral arguments, the 52-year-old from Colorado showed during that he thought the text of the law — “because of sex” — favored the plaintiffs’ interpretation, and his straightforward opinion read in places as if inspired by their briefs
“We must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender. The answer is clear,” Gorsuch wrote. “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.”