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*Special Report: From the Supreme Court 6.15.20

Good morning, and welcome back to another blog! As you may have heard, the Supreme Court recently ruled in support of the LGBTQIA Community. Up until yesterday, it was legal for an employee to be fired for being gay or transgender. Regarding the case, there were three people who came forward to challenge the law: Gerald Bostock, Donald Zarda, and Aimee Stephens. Bostock joined a gay softball league, which caused him to lose his job as a county employee. Zarda came out before being fired, and Stephens was fired after she mentioned to her employer that she was transgender.

The final decision was 6-3, meaning that the liberal justices did have Republican support. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion, saying, “Ours is a society of written laws. Judges are not free to overlook plain statutory commands on the strength of nothing more than suppositions about intentions or guesswork about expectations. In Title VII, Congress adopted broad language making it illegal for an employer to rely on an employee’s sex when deciding to fire that employee.”

Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A Alito Jr, and Brett Kavanaugh dissented. Kavanaugh argued that the majority was interpreting the law too literally: “Both the rule of law and democratic accountability badly suffer when a court adopts a hidden or obscure interpretation of the law, and not its ordinary meaning.”

This decision comes five years after the landmark case involving gay marriage, and certainly will provide some protection to gay and transgender individuals.

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