He was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and the court's four liberal justices. We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary consequence of that legislative choice: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law. Trump, whose administration took the employers' side in the case, suggested the decision was surprising. But he said: "They've ruled, and we live with their decision," adding it was a "very powerful decision, actually. The court's ruling is likely to have a sweeping impact on federal civil rights laws barring sex discrimination in education, health care, housing and financial credit.
The historic decision was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, a conservative appointed by Donald Trump. While workers in about half the country were protected by local laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, there was no federal law that explicitly barred LGBT workers from being fired on that basis. The cases were brought by three workers who said they were fired from their jobs because they were gay or transgender. They argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which says that employers may not discriminate based on "sex," also applies to sexual orientation and gender identity.
The top court in the US has ruled that employers who fire workers for being gay or transgender are breaking the country's civil rights laws. In a decision, the Supreme Court said federal law, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, should be understood to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Lawyers for the employers had argued that the authors of the Civil Rights Act had not intended it to apply to cases involving sexual orientation and gender identity.
The court decided by a vote that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of known as Title VII that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Kavanaugh wrote in a separate dissent that the court was rewriting the law to include gender identity and sexual orientation, a job that belongs to Congress. We live with the decision of the Supreme Court. Very powerful.