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Supreme Court sides with LGBT employees

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/15/20, 12:12 pm

Three employers who fired homosexual or transgender workers unlawfully discriminated against them on the basis of sex, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday. The decision expands the definition of “sex” in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity. One of the employers in the case was a Christian funeral home whose owners said a male employee’s dressing as a woman at work would disturb bereaved families and violate their religious convictions about gender. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the court’s four liberal justices in the 6-3 decision. Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, and Clarence Thomas dissented.

What does this mean for Christian employers? Harris Funeral Homes mentioned its Biblical convictions about gender in court proceedings but did not base its appeal to the high court on its religious beliefs, so the justices did not rule on the matter. Gorsuch, who wrote the opinion, said other employers could still attempt to claim a religious exception to Title VII in future cases. He also pointed out the court already ruled faith-based institutions have a right to hire and fire employees based on their religious beliefs, including beliefs about marriage and sexuality.

Dig deeper: Read Rachel Lynn Aldrich’s report in Liberties about the arguments in the cases.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • JDC
    Posted: Mon, 06/15/2020 02:38 pm


  • JerryM
    Posted: Mon, 06/15/2020 06:15 pm

    Does this now mean that facts about biological sex may only be legally recognised if they are treated as religious belief?

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Mon, 06/15/2020 08:04 pm

    So the word "sex" means "who you are sexually attracted to"? I'm very confused.

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Tue, 06/16/2020 04:43 pm

    This is a great example of legislating from the bench. In 1964 when the Civil Rights Act was passed, no one expected, contemplated or intended that "sexual orientation" or "gender identity" would be included under the definition of "sex." There's a way to do that - pass a law in Congress and have the President sign it.

    For those that thought maybe, just maybe, we had a Court that would overturn Roe, one word: fuhgeddaboudit.

    And hence my prior complaint about Republican judicial appointments. You never see this kind of disappointing behavior from the Leftist bloc on the Court.

    Posted: Tue, 06/16/2020 04:58 pm

    Why would someone want to work where they are not welcome? Yeah, they might have to treat you nice on the surface, but you lied. Yes, you can sue, but is this how you get other people to accept you? 

    Do LGBT want to make a mockery of someone's funeral? It's a mockery if the focus of a funeral is on the person who decided to dress as a different gender than the one the people hired. There should be a law against that. Isn't that lying on your application? 

    I guess you should vet someone before hiring them.