Supreme Court protects LGBTQ civil rights

Six justices ruled that that employers can no longer discriminate against employees “merely for being gay or transgender.”
2:00 | 06/15/20

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decision from the supreme court today, protecting lgbtq employees from discrimination in the workplace. The trump administration had argued against it. ABC's Terry Moran at the court again for us. Reporter: The stunning victory for lgbtq Americans means that employ years can no longer discriminate against workers simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Until today, that was legal in more than half the states. Justice Neil Gorsuch, a trump appointee, and chief justice ran Roberts, along with the liberal judges, declared -- "An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law." President trump's reaction, Very powerful decision, actually. But they have so ruled. Reporter: His likely opponent, Joe Biden, calling it a momentous step forward. In a 100-page dissent, justice Samuel Alito warned of dire con consequences from today's ruling. "The position that the court now adopts will threaten freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and personal privacy and safety," he wrote. But for Gerald Bostock, a plaintiff in the case who was fired from his job as a counselor in Clayton county, Georgia, after he joined a gay softball team, this was about something else -- basic human dignity. I'm overwhelmed with joy and my heart is filled with gratitude. Reporter: A landmark decision. And we're expecting several other major rulings here in the next few weeks. The question if president trump has the legal authority to end president Obama's program for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants, the dreamers they're called, protecting them from deportation. A huge abortion case out of Louisiana and that case on president trump's tax returns. So, David, we're going to be very busy here in the next few weeks. Terry Moran at the court. U.S. Authorities are outraged tonight over Russia's conviction of an American man on

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