An American issue: Supreme Court says gay, transgender workers protected by law

President Donald Trump says he's accepting what he calls a “very powerful decision” by the United States Supreme Court backing workplace rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people.

News 12 Staff

Jun 16, 2020, 2:40 AM

Updated 1,490 days ago

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President Donald Trump says he's accepting what he calls a “very powerful decision” by the United States Supreme Court backing workplace rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people.
The court ruled 6-3 that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against LGBTQ workers. It's a resounding victory for LGBTQ rights from a conservative court. And it's expected to have a big impact for the estimated 8.1 million LGBTQ workers across the country because most states don’t protect them from workplace discrimination.
Chief Justice John Roberts and Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch voted with the liberal wing of the Court.
Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh voted against the decision. Kavanaugh was also appointed by Trump.
Gorsuch wrote the Opinion of the Court. In it, he said, "We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary consequence of that legislative choice: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law."
Alito and Thomas wrote in their dissent, "There is only one word for what the Court has done today: ‘Legislation.’ The document that the Court releases is in the form of a judicial opinion interpreting a statute, but that is deceptive."
LGBTQ advocates in New Jersey praised the decision.
"What the U.S. Supreme Court has said today is that equality in the workplace, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, is not a conservative issue, it is not a liberal issue, it is an issue of America,” says Garden State Equality executive director Christian Fuscarino “Folks across our country will now be treated with equality in the law. And that's the most American thing that I could think of."
Trump says the justices have ruled and “we live with their decision.”
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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