During a time of great strife, progress was made Monday, June 16th, 2020. The supreme court ruled on a 6-3 vote and state by Justice Neil M. Gorsuch that, “An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.” This ruling now makes it universal across all US states and territories that firing an individual due to sexual orientation or identity is illegal. The conclusion is based on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the same law that gave African Americans the right to vote and ending segregation. This is a significant victory for the LGBTQ movement and community.
For the last decade, LGBTQ movements have been rampant in the country. They sought equal protection under the law that religions and ethnicities got. Finally, they got as they deserve, when the supreme court ruled that discriminating against LGBTQ was illegal according to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, This means that no job can fire based on sexual orientation or sexual identity. It was, at times, an issue when teachers would be fired if coming out as being gay in public schools.
What Will This Mean For The Future?
However, this begs the question, will transgender people and gay individuals be banned still from military service? Trump in 2017 tweeted that transgender individuals would be prohibited from military service. However, with the new supreme court ruling, the government would be unable to enforce the ban. Now such a restriction would be illegal according to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The ruling was a surprising outcome considering Trump’s appointment of 2 supreme court justices. But, it was welcome considering the recent uprising of protests supporting equality and pride month being in June. We can expect that Republican lawmakers and controlled states will attempt to fight the ruling stating it to be a violation of their religious rights. Many right-wing supporters believe that denying gay and transgender rights and recognition is their religious rights as Christians.
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