By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It was a tremendous ruling for the for millions as the United States Supreme Court ruled that members of the LGBTQ community could not be terminated due to their sexuality.
Justice Neil Gorsuch and Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion as they joined the courts four liberal justices in a 6-3 vote.
“An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or trans-gender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in this decision, exactly what Title VII forbids,” Gorsuch wrote.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh was a no vote; “They have advanced powerful policy arguments and can take pride in today’s result.. Under the Constitution’s separation of powers, however, I believe that its Congress’s role not this Court’s to amend Title VII.I therefor must respectfully dissent from the Court’s judgement.” Kavanaugh wrote.
Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden called the ruling “a momentous step forward for our country.”
“The Supreme Court has confirmed the simply but profoundly American idea that every human being should be treated with respect and dignity. That everyone should be able to live openly and proudly and as their true selves without fear,” Biden said.
The long awaited decision puts a bit of ease in those who have been shown prejudice and have fear of being free with their sexuality.
There is no way someone job should be determined by sexuality. In the fifties blacks had the motto “last one hired and the first ones fired”. They were only hired if they were really needed and if some went wrong or budget cuts occurred they were the first out the door.
According to the UCLA’s Williams Institute in the workforce there are 7.1 million lesbian, gay and bisexual employed-and approximately 1 million who identify themselves as transgender. Human Rights Campaign president Alphonso David sent out a tweet –“Landmark victory for LGBTQ equality.”
LZ Granderson is Co-host of Mornings with Keyshawn LZ and Travis of ESPN Los Angeles cut off his co-host the morning of the announcement and said- “I was really worried about this one, this was a big decision.”
Granderson had marched with Keyshawn in Los Angeles the day before the Supreme Court ruling also had his own theory on what helped sway the decision. He stated “I believe the present movement had something to do with the Supreme Courts decision. When you see millions marching not only around the country but around the world. It can create persuasion. I couldn’t guarantee it, but you would have to consider it”