Evangelicals are furious because their pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch, joined Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor in a 6-3 vote that affirmed existing federal law — Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which forbids job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation — also protects LGBT employees from job discrimination.
Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion, which flies in the face of his homophobic supporters, notes the Associated Press:
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. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.
Trump appeared to roll over for the high court in his calm response: “They’ve ruled. I’ve read the decision. And some people were surprised. But they’ve ruled and we live with their decision. That’s what it’s all about. We live with the decision of the Supreme Court. Very powerful. A very powerful decision, actually.”
However, his evangelical supporters were angry, notes Media Matters:
Our Republic is under assault in the streets and in the courts. https://t.co/70QrzOsRtU— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) June 15, 2020
Allowing judges to rewrite the Civil Rights Act to add gender identity & sexual orientation as protected classes poses a grave threat to religious liberty. We've already witnessed courts use the redefinition of words as a battering ram to crush faith-based businesses and orgs. https://t.co/0PHcNLcoFK— Tony Perkins (@tperkins) June 15, 2020
The Supreme Court got it wrong. The word ‘sex’— still today and when Congress passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964—refers to our biological reality as male or female. It doesn’t refer to our sexual orientations or gender identities. https://t.co/uDSF9Milgm— Ryan T. Anderson (@RyanTAnd) June 15, 2020
Justice Scalia would be disappointed that his successor has bungled textualism so badly today, for the sake of appealing to college campuses and editorial boards.— Carrie Severino (@JCNSeverino) June 15, 2020
This was not judging, this was legislating—a brute force attack on our constitutional system. (1/x)
Gorsuch claimed its decision has no bearing on “bathrooms, locker rooms, and other things of that kind.” Patent nonsense. Today's decision would have never happened without Obergefell. Tomorrow’s decision, rethinking Title IX et al, will happen because of today's decision.— John Stonestreet (@JBStonestreet) June 15, 2020