Supreme Court bans LGBT employment discrimination

The decision is the most significant affirmation of LGBT rights in the United States since the 2015 Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage.
2:42 | 06/16/20

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Thank you, whit. Now to that landmark 6-3 ruling by the supreme court finding that the 1964 civil rights act protects gay, lesbian and transgender people and Terry Moran is outside the supreme court. A huge victory for the lgbtq rights and coming from a largely conservative court. Reporter: That's right, Michael. Good morning. This is a conservative court. It's one of the big surprises here as this case cut across those lines with one of president trump's own appointees leading the way to a new day for lgbtq Americans in the overnight amid a historic victory for lgbtq Americans, the community celebrating the supreme court's ruling to protect lgbtq workers at one of its iconic landmarks. It's so monumental that the court, a court that's considered conservative, stood by us and stood by our equality. Reporter: In ringing terms the supreme court declared on Monday that employers can no longer discriminate against their employees simply because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Until this decision, that was legal in more than half the states. The states like Georgia that don't have those protections, we now have a federal protection to fall back on. Reporter: Gerald Bostock, a plaintiff in the case, was fired from his job as a counselor in Clayton county, Georgia after he joined a gay softball team. Six justices including justice Neil Gorsuch appointed by president trump and chief justice John Roberts leader of the court's conservatives says workers like Bostock should be covered under the plain meaning of the words of the 1964 civil rights ago. Though written with the intent of addressing race problems, Gorsuch pointed to the text of the law. Only the written word is the law and all persons are entitled to its benefit, Gorsuch wrote. President trump whose administration argued in the case that gay workers should not be covered under civil rights laws was subdued. Some people were surprised but they've ruled and we live with their decision. Reporter: In a 100-page dissent Samuel Alito warned of dire consequences from bathrooms at workplaces to sports teams to pronouns. The position the court now adopts will threaten freedom of religion, freedom of speech and personal privacy and safety, he wrote. It's amazing how fast the law changed in this area, Michael. It wasn't until this century that this court struck down laws that made it a crime for gay, lesbian, transgender questioning queer Americans to have sex in the privacy of their own homes. Things have changed. Things have changed for the better. Thank you, Terry. We are following a lot of

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