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1021, 15 Jun 20

SCOTUS Rules on Sex Discrimination

I haven’t had a chance to read all of the ruling, but it looks like a good one.

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that workers cannot be fired for being gay or transgender in a major win for members of the LGBT community.

The 6-3 holding, authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch, a conservative appointed by President Donald Trump, is a blockbuster development in the history of gay rights in the United States.

“An individual’s homosexuality or transgender status is not relevant to employment decisions,” Gorsuch wrote. “That’s because it is impossible to discriminate against a person for being homosexual or transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex.”

While workers in about half the country were protected by local laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, there was no federal law that explicitly barred LGBT workers from being fired on that basis.

Gorsuch was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, a fellow conservative, and the four members of the court’s liberal wing, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh dissented.


1021, 15 June 2020


  1. Mar

    So, now a Catholic or Muslim or Southern Baptist have to hire or keep employed a gay or transgender person even though it violates their faith.
    2nd, this should have been put in law by the President and Congress,not the Supreme Court.
    It’s legislating from the bench.

  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    So unless you are employed as a hooker, by various godless liberal outfits, why does you employer even need to know about your carnal choices?

    Keep it to yourself.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann


    I think other cases exempt religious employers.

    I have to look that one up.

  4. dad29

    Sorry, Owen, but the wackdoodles in blackdoodle just eliminated Title IX college sports for women–regardless of DeVos’ directive of only last week.

    Congress specified “SEX”, not “Whatever the hell you want to be today regardless of your genitallia” and not “orientation.”

    SCOTUS legislates, the USA loses another piece of reality-based ground.

  5. Le Roi du Nord


    Is the word “hire” in the SC decision?

  6. MjM

    Transgender is not a “sex”.  It is a psychosis.

  7. dad29

    All anti-discrimination legislation includes hiring, promotion, compensation, and termination.   It is expected that SCOTUS will ‘carve out’ religious organizations under the usual conditions.

    That doesn’t excuse them from arrogating to themselves the function of Congress.

  8. jjf

    Well, if you’re not doing the hiring and firing these days, Dad29, I guess you’ll need to find other outlets for your prejudices.

  9. Mar

    jjf, what your outlets for your prejudices?

  10. jjf

    Oh, you know, correcting people who are wrong on the Internets.

    Say, how’s Arizona doing with the virus these days now that it’s all opened-up and people are following their common sense?  Taking your black-market hydroxychloroquine?

  11. Jason

    >Oh, you know, correcting people who are wrong on the Internets.

    You say that and all I envision is a stray dog, emaciated and dirty, spinning round and round chasing it’s own tail.

  12. dad29

    Jason wins the ‘net today.

  13. dad29

    And for the LEO LLEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeRrrrrrrrrrrrroy…….yes, the term ‘hire’ appears in the decision, right next to ‘fire.’

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