In a 6-3 opinion this morning, the Supreme Court redefined Title VII federal nondiscrimination statute to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes in the law.
Justice Neil Gorsuch and Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal wing of the court to hold that, “An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII.”
Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented from the majority opinion, and newly minted Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote a separate dissent.
“There is only one word for what the Court has done today: legislation,” Justice Alito wrote.
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