WASHINGTON, D.C — (08-22-19) — Donald Trump continues his war against LGBTQ Americans in three court cases, filing multiple briefs last Friday in a critical LGBTQ rights case taking place on October 8.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a trio of cases to determine if the protections of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, religion and sex, can be extended to include gender identity and sexual orientation.
In Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda, gay men say they were fired simply for their sexual orientation. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will hear oral arguments in the case of a funeral director named Aimee Stephens who was fired from her job after transitioning to a female.
Bottom line on all of these cases facing the U.S. Supreme court is plain: “Can you be fired for being gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender?”
That is what everyone wants to know once and for all. No delays, no review for consideration, simply make the decision and grant LGBTQ Americans the rights they deserve as the rest of their fellow heterosexual Americans.
Can You be fired for being Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender?
Last Friday, the Trump administration made their position crystal clear that they do not feel that LGBTQ Americans deserve such protection and that they should be discriminated against without fear of any consequences. That type of thinking takes one back to the 1980’s !
The Department of Justice filed its brief in the R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission case, arguing that Title VII does not protect sexual orientation or gender identity.
According to the Trump administration who seems to be stuck in the 20th Century, they argue that in 1964, when the law was passed, lawmakers considered the meaning of “sex discrimination” to be confined to women’s rights only. Naturally that argument was designed to appeal to conservatives.
Should the U.S> Supreme Court side with the Trump administration, that would make it easier for LGBTQ Americans to be discriminated against. Not just in the workplace but also in education, healthcare and housing.
We will continue to follow these cases and bring developments as they become available.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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