LGBTQ+ Rights Are Now Protected In The Workplace
Start writing a post

LGBTQ+ Rights Are Now Protected In The Workplace

A quick explanation of the Supreme Court's monumental case

LGBTQ+ Rights Are Now Protected In The Workplace

June marks the beginning of Pride month, and with it, comes discussion about LGBTQ+ rights and privileges in this country. A few days ago, I read about the case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia which centered around Pennsylvania Catholic Social Services (CSS) and their right to deny same-sex couples from adopting children. Considering that this is a supposedly pro-life organization, it baffles me that they would deny children a loving home and family because the couple was not heterosexual. Gay couples adopt and foster at nearly 7 times the rate of straight couples, and rulings that permit religious exemptions only harm the lives of foster children.

What perhaps frustrates me most, however, is that the Trump Administration recently petitioned in favor of CSS's appeal to the Supreme Court, asking that they support this group in their religious rights. How is this the same group of officials who push so hard against abortion? If you really want people to adopt, why eliminate a sizable portion of foster/adoptive parents from starting a family? I can't fathom the hypocritical logic, and I began to fear that the Supreme Court would rule in CSS's favor in the upcoming October term. Then, they did something to really surprise me.

On June 15th, the Supreme Court passed a sweeping decision (6-3) that protects LBGTQ+ people in the workplace. The ruling essentially ensures that no person can be denied or terminated from a job on the basis of their sexual orientation. With a conservative majority amongst the justices, I couldn't help but reread the reports I was seeing. Justice Neil Gorsuch argued a few years ago that LGBTQ+ couples were already protected by the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but he was a leading voice on this ruling. He's received enormous dissent from the right-wing, and as a one of Trump's appointees, he somewhat undermined the President's mission to expand "religious liberty."

With all of that being said, this is a landmark case, and it will change the lives of millions of people. It's arguably one of the largest victories the LGBTQ+ community has had since the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015. It may not be as comprehensive as something like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but like I said, this outcome is transformative. While it specifically encompasses workplace issues, it is a bridge leading to future decisions and legislations. It could easily undermine cases like Fulton v. City of Philadelphia or recent attempts from the Trump Administration to cut back on healthcare protections for transgender citizens. (

Although this an enormous step in the right direction, LGBTQ+ discrimination is not going to suddenly cease, nor will the issues they face disappear. Responses to areas like healthcare, housing, adoption, crime, mental health services (conversion therapy is still legal in 30 states), communities of color, suicide rates, and general mistreatment from religious groups still need enormous improvement. With the help of organizations like the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project and GLSEN, community members and allies alike bring these issues into the public consciousness as well as push the country forward. Hopefully, the Supreme Court's momentous decision will set a precedent for future bipartisan work that expands and equalizes the rights of Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments