LGBTQ Discrimination Decision from the US Supreme Court
US Supreme Court Decision Hanging in the Balance of LGBTQ Discrimination
Surprisingly to some, in 2020 people can be legally fired from their job because of their sexual preferences and gender identity. Certainly, there are varied social opinions surrounding these matters. Regardless of your political, religious and social views, these issues are being actively discussed by public interest groups and in both our legislatures and courts.
The Supreme Court of the United States has heard three cases this past Fall, Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga., No. 17-1618, and Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda, No. 17-1623. The case on transgender rights is R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, No. 18-107.
As the decision weighs in the balance, some States have begun taking matters into their own hands. For example, a recent ballot initiative was launched in Michigan to add anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people to make this an election issue if the legislature doesn’t support such direction. Another example of this is with the Virginia Values Act where the Virginia State General Assembly bill currently being discussed would codify protections for those in the LGBTQ community.
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