Activists are rallying outside in D.C. as the Supreme Court considers three cases about LGBTQ rights in the workplace today.
Two cases about discrimination against gay people – Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda – and one case about discrimination against transgender people – R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – will be argued in front of the high court today.
At stake is whether courts should interpret the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s ban on discrimination “because of sex” as a ban on discrimination against LGBTQ people. Some lower courts have already ruled in favor of this reading of the act while others have ruled against it.
The Supreme Court’s decisions in these cases could either end or expand one of the only paths to justice available to LGBTQ people who face discrimination at work in the 29 states that don’t ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Most of you may not understand this, but today the Supreme Court is hearing arguments as to why it should STILL be legal for me to be fired for being gay. Once again, my humanity is up for debate among 9 justices – none of whom are LGBT. This should not be who we are in 2019.
— Jamie McGonnigal (@McBenefit) October 8, 2019
We’re headed in to the Supreme Court with our clients, legal team, and @LaverneCox.
— ACLU (@ACLU) October 8, 2019
Our very existence is a collection of days in which we have continually risen up. Regardless of what happens today and the eventual outcome, LGBTQ people will still be here. We will not hide. We will not be pushed aside. We will not be erased.
We're here to stay.#RiseUpOct8
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 8, 2019
— ACLU of Michigan (@ACLUofMichigan) October 8, 2019
#MondayMotivation via Jonathan Van Ness:
Our rights are once again on the line at #SCOTUS.
Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear 3 major LGBTQ civil rights cases that could decide how federal non-discrimination laws apply to LGBTQ people.
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) October 7, 2019
The ACLU and several other groups have organized a Protect LGBTQ Workers Rally today, and protestors are already out in front of the Supreme Court.
Lots of LGBT rights supporters at SCOTUS getting their protest on before Title VII arguments. pic.twitter.com/d1rdWBHk1I
— Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) October 8, 2019
The Supreme Court will soon hear the case of Aimee Stephens, a woman fired for being trans.
The court’s decision will have huge consequences.
— National Center for Transgender Equality (@TransEquality) October 8, 2019
— LGBTogether (@LGBTogether) October 8, 2019
— ACLU (@ACLU) October 8, 2019
There are reports that the area in front of the Supreme Court was cleared due to a “suspicious package.”
Suspicious package found outside of Supreme Court. Police evacuated the area. Blocked off surrounding streets. pic.twitter.com/R2U1AqlUpE
— Nicole DiAntonio (@NicoleDiAntonio) October 8, 2019
Anti-LGBTQ forces told their followers to pray against equality.
— FRC (@FRCdc) October 8, 2019