Public officials celebrate Supreme Court ruling supporting gay, transgender workers

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FILE – In this Oct. 8, 2019 file photo, supporters of LGBT rights stage a protest on the street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court has ruled that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment. It’s a resounding victory for LGBT rights from a conservative court. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

WASHINGTON, (AP/WAVY) — Virginia public officials are celebrating the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decision to protect gay, lesbian, and transgender people from discrimination in employment.

“Today, equality wins again. Repeatedly when people have tried to challenge the rights and protections of the LGBT community they have failed,” said Attorney General Herring. 

“This decision is a massive step forward for antidiscrimination in this country, and I will not let up in doing all that I can to make sure the LGBT community is protected both at the state and at the federal level.”

The court decided by a 6-3 vote that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 known as Title VII that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against LGBT workers.

Herring has previously filed briefs in numerous lawsuits to keep anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBT individuals in things like housingaccess to homeless shelters, and healthcare.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria also voiced her approval for the ruling stating the no one should be discriminated against at their workplace because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“I hope this decision serves as a powerful precedent for the LGBTQ+ community to receive equal protection under the law. While this is an important step toward equality, there is more work to do to ensure the entire LGBTQ+ community obtains protection from discrimination throughout our society,” said Luria.

Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott praised the ruling calling it a “call to action for the Senate to pass that legislation and join the overwhelming share of Americans who believe that no one should suffer discrimination because of who they are or whom they love.”

“Now, we must ensure that these protections extend beyond the workplace to include health care, housing, and other areas in which LGBTQ Americans still remain vulnerable to injustice.”

The outcome is expected to have a big impact for the estimated 8.1 million LGBT workers across the country because most states don’t protect them from workplace discrimination. An estimated 11.3 million LGBT people live in the U.S., according to the Williams Institute at the UCLA law school.


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