In a huge step forward for gay and transgender people’s civil rights, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a landmark 6-3 ruling that extends civil rights laws against employer discrimination to individuals who are gay or/and transgender.
This decision covered three cases that had made their way to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). All three cases argued that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which “prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin,” logically applies to gay men, lesbians, and transgender people.
Unsurprisingly, Trump’s Department of Justice took the position that the Civil Rights Act offered NO protection to gay and transgender employees. But the court disagreed with the argument made by the Trump administration, and with a solid showing.
Six of the nine justices voted for the plaintiffs.