CWTA Message on the USSC’s Decision on Discrimination in Employment on the basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identify

CWTA celebrates the United States Supreme Court opinion extending civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The decision holds that employers who fire employees for sexual orientation and gender identity issues violate Title 7. In this 6-3 opinion Justices Gorsuch and Roberts ruled with Justices Sotomayor, Ginsberg, Kagen, and Breyer, with Justice Gorsuch writing the opinion. However, other discrimination remains in education, housing, and healthcare. The Trump administration has just removed healthcare protections in Obama care for the transgender population. Additionally the US Supreme Court upheld the Trump Administration regarding a ban on transgender people in the military. The only way to achieve fully equality is to pass The Equality Act. The House passed the Act but Mitch McConnell has refused to bring it for a vote. Fortunately, there are protections in many states to ban discrimination but we need a national policy. It is also noteworthy that even though the Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration’s actions to end DACA, the Court provided information to the Administration on how to amend the legal action. Trump has stated he will go forward with those changes.