In a 6 to 3 vote, the United States Supreme Court ruled on Monday that gay and transgender workers have the same rights as everyone else.
Justice Neil M. Gorsuch who wrote the majority opinion was joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
The question for the justices was whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars employment discrimination based on race, religion, national origin and sex, applies to many millions of gay and transgender workers.
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The justices said yes, gay and transgender workers cannot be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation and gender.
The New York Times recalled that “lawyers for employers and the Trump administration argued that the common understanding of sex discrimination in 1964 was bias against women or men and did not encompass discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. If Congress wanted to protect gay and transgender workers, they said, it could pass a new law.”
But the Supreme Court disagrees and ruled in favor of gay and transgender workers all over the United States.
“The court considered two sets of cases. The first concerned a pair of lawsuits from gay men who said they were fired because of their sexual orientation. The second was about a suit from a transgender woman, Aimee Stephens, who said her employer fired her when she announced that she would embrace her gender identity at work.