Gorsuch wrote for the majority in the 6-to-3 ruling. That opinion and two dissents, spanning pages, touched on a host of flash points in the culture wars involving the L. The decision, the first major case on transgender rights, came amid widespread demonstrations, some protesting violence aimed at transgender people of color. The vastly consequential decision thus extended workplace protections to millions of people across the nation, continuing a series of Supreme Court victories for gay rights even after President Trump transformed the court with his two appointments. The decision achieved a decades-long goal of gay rights proponents, one they had initially considered much easier to achieve than a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
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The justices will hear three challenges from New York, Michigan and Georgia involving workers who claim they were fired because they were gay or transgender:. Instead, they agreed to hear all three cases. The Justice Department under President Donald Trump supported the companies, contending that federal civil rights laws do not protect workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The U. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, based in New York, and the 7th Circuit, based in Chicago, ruled that sex discrimination laws protect gays and lesbians.
Lambda Legal History
The gay rights movement in the United States has seen huge progress in the last century, and especially the last two decades. Laws prohibiting homosexual activity have been struck down; lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are now allowed to serve openly in the military transgender individuals were allowed to serve openly from until March , when a new ban was put in place. And same-sex couples can now legally get married and adopt children in all 50 states. But it has been a long and bumpy road for gay rights proponents, who are still advocating for employment, housing and transgender rights.
Because of the overwhelming climate of prejudice against gay people, we became our own first client: A panel of New York judges turned down our application to be a nonprofit organization because, in their view, our mission was "neither benevolent nor charitable. Throughout the s, Lambda Legal fought and won some of the nation's first cases on behalf of lesbian and gay parents and same-sex couples. In one of our first cases Gay Student Organization v. Bonner , we successfully helped a gay student group at the University of New Hampshire fight a ban on their school activities. West 12 Tenants Corp.