How a Supreme Court decision last year is reshaping the legal battle over LGBTQ discrimination

USA Today

By John Fritze
Joseph Fons, holding a Pride flag, walks back and forth in front of the Supreme Court. CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES AND JACK GRUBER/USAT

A year after the Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision barring workplace discrimination against LGBTQ employees, gay rights advocates continue to benefit from the aftershocks as they simultaneously brace for a more challenging legal environment ahead.

In a ruling with far-reaching implications for education, housing and health care, the Supreme Court sided last June with three employees who were fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The 6-3 decision, written by conservative Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, is already having a big impact beyond the workplace.

The opinion was noted in an executive order President Joe Biden signed on his first day in office prohibiting discrimination in the federal government.The Justice Department concluded in March that its holding applies broadly to other laws. And two appeals courts have recently relied on the case to strike down bans on transgender students using school bathrooms aligned with their gender identity.

Publish : 2021-06-01 18:58:00

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