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Gays and transgenders are fighting for their rights in the Supreme Court

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Gays and transgenders are fighting for their rights in the Supreme Court

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Last Tuesday was definitely decisive for the entire LGBTQ community in the US. That is the three cases of fired employees were heard in the Supreme Court. Two gay men and one transgender decided to sue their former employers appealing to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plantiffs were determined to prove that they were discriminated on the basis of sex. Nine Supreme Court judges examined the arguments for 3 hours and appeared to be closely divided when making a decision.

As it often happens, the struggle was between liberals and conservatives. While four liberal judges have agreed the employees were discriminated, four of their conservative counterparts didn’t find any reason to protect plaintiffs rights. The decisive favorable voice came from Justice Neil Gorsuch. “Sexual orientation is surely in play here. But isn’t sex also in play here?,” he asked, adding, “And isn’t that enough?”. The answer is clear: more than enough, but not for everyone. However, the job was done and this decision will hopefully start a new chapter of LGBTQ life in the US.

2020-07-30