Monday, June 15, marked a historic win for the LGBTQ community. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the 1964 Civil Rights Act with a 6 - 3 ruling. This act now protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from being fired due to their sexual preference. Across the country, many rejoiced over the delayed injustice.
Throughout the LGBTQ history, this court case is a sign marking the newfound liberation of this community. Back in 1953, former president Eisenhower bans homosexuals from working in the government on a matter of being a “security risk.” This and many other infringements were placed on those who openly expressed their homosexuality. Similarly to the discrimination towards people of color, the oppressed were met with violence and bans against their being. Up until 1973, the American Psychiatric Association listed homosexuality as a mental disorder. However, just like the bigotry to those of color, the queer community, fiercely protested and demanded justice. Marches we put forth, newsletters sent, and advocacy groups risking everything for gay civil rights.
With the national outbreak of demonstrations, change comes with Kathy Kozachenko and Elaine Noble, as some of the first openly gay candidates elected to public office. The path to justice is never linear, and many setbacks were from the Clinton administration. With a military policy on prohibiting openly gay and lesbian Americans from serving in the military to the Defense of Marriage Act, this is still far from the obliged justice. Until 2015 the Supreme Court then ruled that it was illegal for states to ban same-sex marriage and the Military Equal Opportunity policy, which was adjusted to include gay and lesbian members.
During recent times the LGBTQ community has taken a backseat in progress being made because of the Trump Administration. While the United States foundation is built on the freedom of choice, his policies are interrelated with the republican party beliefs. Reforms have been proposed in all departments such as Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice.
Nevertheless, the Supreme Court has made the critical decision of protecting those who are queer when working. This indicates that an employer is under federal law not to fire those based on their sexual preference. More than half of the states do not offer any protection for LGBTQ employees, so that this triumph will defend their rights. As many rejoiced, such as Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee, Joe Biden said in response to the ruling as “a momentous step forward for our country.”. President Trump and his administration were not as responsive to the decision as days after they decided to roll back protection to those in federally administered health centers.
Moving forward there is a sense of optimism in the LGBTQ community, for having a republican heavy supreme court and still achieving these civil rights it shows the progressive movements from many who have fought for this in past years.