U.S. Supreme Court Makes Major Decision on LGBTQ Civil Rights

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 20:34

You can read the full opinion at: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/17-1618_hfci.pdf

Statement on today’s ruling by Equality Florida’s Executive Director, Nadine Smith:

‘In the clearest language possible, the U.S Supreme Court has affirmed that discrimination against LGBTQ people is sex discrimination. It is time for Florida to make explicit in our state statutes what the highest court in the land has said is already the law.

In his opinion, Justice Gorsuch wrote, "The answer is clear. 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 a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids."

Today’s ruling from the Supreme Court reflects where the majority of Floridians and the country stands on protections for the LGBTQ community. Now, we need our state and local leaders to ensure this understanding of sex discrimination, inclusive of LGBTQ people, is explicitly included in all the places sex discrimination is forbidden.

This incredible victory comes at a moment when the nation is grappling with what equality and justice really means. This moment of victory helps fortify us for the struggle that continues.'


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