It stands to reason that if it’s illegal to discriminate against anyone in the workplace based on sex, race, or religion, that it should be illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation (gays and lesbians) or on transgender status. For the life of me I can’t see any valid reason to allow discrimination of any of these groups. Neither did the Supreme Court, ruling today that Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964, barring employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, and religion, also protects gay and transgender workers.
Here’s the article, hot off the press;
The cases under review involved two instances of gay men being fired, and one case in which a transgender woman was fired from a funeral home after she said she’d adopt her gender identity at work.
The 172-page opinion is here (I’ve not read it), but the vote was a solid 6-3, with conservatives Gorsuch and Roberts joining the liberals, Kagan, Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor. The dissenters were Alito, Kavanaugh, and Thomas, the latter two who are hopeless. I have increasing hopes that Roberts, at least, will mellow with time, becoming one of those who moves toward the center. And Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion!
To the shame of the Trump administration, it took sides against the plaintiffs, arguing that “sex” is not the same thing as sexual orientation or gender identity. If you want to bar that discrimination, said the Trumpian miscreants, Congress can pass a new law. But the spirit of the law is what’s important here, and that spirit was upheld, aligning with the views of most Americans. Even Republicans favor it by a three-to-one margin!