Supreme Court Decision For LGBTQ+ Community Historic And Long Overdue
Today’s Ruling Affirms that LGBTQ People Are Protected Under the Law from Employment Discrimination
Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today applauds the a 6-3 decision by the United States Supreme Court that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which forbids discrimination on the basis of "sex," applies to the LGBTQ community.
“This decision by the court majority shows that LULAC and other civil rights organizations are on the right course when we say that every person in our country deserves equal protections under the law,” said Domingo Garcia, National President. “What is troubling is that the U.S. Justice Department under this Administration argued that the Civil Rights Act did not cover gay or transgender employees which goes to show how out of step President Trump is with our nation’s founders’ ideals of justice for all,” added Garcia.
A SCOTUS Poll shows that 83% of the public in the United States does not believe that employers have the right to fire workers because of their gender orientation. Democrats concur by a 90% margin, Independents by 84% and nearly three in four Republicans agree with the majority.
“This is a landmark affirmation of justice versus regressive views which would deny millions of people in our country hope that they too matter and can rely on the law to protect them,” said Maria Salazar, Chair of the LGBTQ Committee of the LULAC National Board. “Already in America, 21 states have laws prohibiting discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity and seven more have protections only for public employees. Now, every gay and transgender person is protected, no matter where they live thanks to this long overdue decision. This is why LULAC must and will continue to always fight for justice for every Latino man, woman and child in the United States and Puerto Rico,” said Salazar.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/