The US achieved a landmark victory on Monday as the Supreme Court gave a historic judgment on LGBTQ+ rights. It extended the protection provided by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to LGBTQ+ workers.
Notably, a person in the US could not be fired on the basis of their sex. However, similar protection was not provided against discrimination to sexual orientation or gender identity. This left the almost 8.1 million LGBTQ+ workers in the country vulnerable to job discrimination at the hands of employers.
The court gave this verdict with a 6:3 split. It was given under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that encompasses a ruling against job discrimination on the basis of sex. The consenting and dissenting judges wrote their own separate judgments on this historic issue that affects the USA.
WHAT WAS WRITTEN IN THE JUDGMENTS BY THE US SUPREME COURT?
The judgment is historic for the country. It finally deals with a very deep issue of the nation.
“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. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the court.
Justice Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, and Clarence Thomas dissented.
“The Court tries to convince readers that it is merely enforcing the terms of the statute, but that is preposterous. Even as understood today, the concept of discrimination because of ‘sex’ is different from discrimination because of ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘gender identity’,” Alito wrote in a dissent that was joined by Thomas.
This is very important for the country’s LGBTQ+ population. It pushes back on a social menace that infected the country. The country can finally claim a semblance of social justice.