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Tuesday, 16 June 2020

US Supreme Court rules gay and lesbian people ARE protected from being fired for their sexuality by civil rights laws

Supreme Court rules gay and lesbian people ARE protected from being fired for their

President Donald Trump acknowledged a 'very powerful' decision by the U.S. Supreme court in a landmark case protecting the employment rights of gays and transgender people – saying Monday the government will 'live with' the decision.
'They’ve ruled and we’ll live with the decision,' Trump told reporters at the White House hours after the ruling.

He called it a 'very powerful decision actually,' without explicitly stating whether he agreed with the court's reasoning on a case where the majority cast aside the arguments put forward by his administration.
The High Court ruled Monday that civil rights law protects gay and lesbian people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBT rights from a conservative court.

The court decided by a 6-3 vote that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 known as Title VII that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against gay and lesbian workers.
Justice Neil Gorsuch, appointed by President Donald Trump, authored the majority opinion, in which he was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts.  
'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 different sex, Gorsuch wrote.
'Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids,' he added.
The 6-3 ruling represented the biggest moment for LGBT rights in the United States since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015. 
The Supreme Court cases involved two gay men and a transgender woman who sued for employment discrimination after they lost their jobs. Only one of the men is still alive to see the ruling. 
'They’ve ruled and we’ll live with the decision,' President Trump said hours after the Supreme Court released its ruling

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