A law written by Justice Neil Gorsuch protects workers from being fired, discriminated against, or turned down from a job based on their sexual orientation.
The historic decision from Monday extends the 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect gay, lesbian, and transgender workers from discrimination. The decision applies to millions of Americans who are part of the LGBTQ community, providing them workplace rights and equal opportunity. Prior to Monday, nearly half the states in the US did not have any laws to protect LGBTQ workers. The federal law will now provide protection in those states from employer discrimination.
In a 6-3 ruling, the dissent consisted of Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh.
President Donald Trump commented on the decision. “Some people were surprised, but they’ve ruled and we live with their decision,” he stated. “That’s what it’s all about. We live with the decision of the Supreme Court. Very powerful, very powerful decision, actually.”
In a tweet, Gov. Steve Sisolak commented on the ruling. “Great news from the Supreme Court this morning. No one should have to live in fear of discrimination.”
There are no federal laws that protect LGBT members from other types of discrimination like housing or public accommodations, but this decision could be the beginning of other types of reform.