The past year has brought some unprecedented anti-discrimination wins for the LGBTQ community, including the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock and Biden’s related Executive Order.
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For the past four years — and despite confirmations of hundreds of conservative judges around the country — some of us concluded that the equality of our marriages and the everyday rights that we have fought so hard for were now precedent and that we would be left alone. We also told ourselves that widespread support from our neighbors, colleagues and families would deter attacks. None of us can feel that way anymore. We must vote as if our lives depend on it. We do not make this argument lightly. It is clear that this is not a drill; this is a real emergency.
Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas have opened the court’s term by calling for the overturning of its 2015 marriage equality decision.
The Obergefell v. Hodges decision threatens religious liberty, Alito wrote in a statement in which Thomas concurred. The statement accompanied the court’s order deciding not to review an appeals court decision that went against Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who famously closed down marriage license operations rather than serve same-sex couples.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died Friday. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.
James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT and HIV Project, said in a media conference call that Monday’s decision, while “sweeping and wonderful,” still doesn’t provide all the protections under federal law that LGBT people are seeking.
Some federal civil-rights laws don’t contain a ban on sex discrimination, including those protecting access to public accommodations and recipients of federal funding, he said. A bill called the Equality Act, passed by the House but stalled in the Senate, would fill those gaps, Esseks said.
- The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that workers cannot be fired for being gay or transgender in a blockbuster win for members of the LGBT community.
- The historic 6-3 decision was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, a conservative appointed by President Donald Trump.
- While workers in about half the country were protected by local laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, there was no federal law that explicitly barred LGBT workers from being fired on that basis.
Yesterday’s oral argument at the Supreme Court laid bare many of the legal talking points that right-wing attorneys deploy to oppose equality for LGBTQ+ people.
Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in three cases in which the Trump administration is urging the court to rule that it’s legal to fire workers for being LGBTQ.