Supreme Court Ruling Marks a Major Change for the LGBTQ+ Community

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LGBTQ+ activists and advocates prevailed after the Supreme Court ruling federal civil law prohibiting job discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or transgender status.

Monday, June 15th marked the Supreme Court’s progressive ruling in favor of protecting LBTQ+ civil rights in the workplace.

 

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This means that CA state and local resources can’t be used for federal immigration enforcement.

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Established in 1920, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been part of America’s history on civil law court cases aimed at protecting individual freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights. The ACLU has stood in Supreme Court cases such as Brown v. The Board of Education, which ruled segregated schools unconstitutional as it violated the 14th amendment, Roe v. Wade ruling in favor of a woman’s right for reproductive choice, Lawrence v. Texas which overturned a Texas law making same-sex intimacy illegal, among many other supreme court cases. 

Monday’s Supreme Court case comes after Aimee Stephens was fired two weeks after coming out to her boss as a transgender woman in 2013. Finally, after years of legal battle with lower courts, the case made its way to stand before the Supreme Court. This is the first-ever case in American history to fight for the rights of specifically transgender people.

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