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Supreme Court justice picked by Trump votes to defend LGBTQ rights in landmark ruling

The Supreme Court made a landmark ruling on Monday for LGBTQ rights and ruled that employers cannot discriminate against employees because of their sexual orientation. (Picture: AP)

The Supreme Court has ruled that LGBTQ employees cannot be fired for their sexual orientation in a landmark decision Monday.

Supreme Court justices voted 6-3 and ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act barring sexual discrimination in the workplace protects LGBTQ workers. Two conservatives, Chief Justice John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch, notably joined the high court’s four liberal justices in the majority.

‘An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex,’ Gorsuch – who was picked by President Donald Trump – wrote.

‘Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.’

‘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,’ Gorsuch went on to write.

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Monday’s decision came after three cases were brought to the Supreme Court by gay and transgender employees.

One of those cases was brought by Gerald Bostock, a child welfare coordinator in Georgia who claimed he was fired after he joined a gay recreational softball league in 2013 – which his employer called ‘unbecoming’ for a county employee.

‘From that point on, my life changed,’ Boston told NPR last October.

‘I lost my livelihood. I lost my medical insurance, and I was recovering from prostate cancer when this occurred. It was devastating.’

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Another one of the cases the decision dealt was brought by New York skydiving instructor Donald Zarda, who was fired days after mentioning he was gay.

In the third case, Michigan funeral home worker Aimee Stephens was fired after she told her employer that she would be identifying as a woman six years into her employment.

Twenty-two states and the Dictrict of Columbia have laws protecting workers based on sexual orientation and 21 states plus DC have laws protecting workers from discrimination based on gender identity, although Monday’s ruling has been received as a big win for the LGBTQ community, which has at least 8.1 million workers across the country, according to UCLAs Williams Institute.

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