United States Supreme Court: makes decisions regarding LGBT rights

United States Supreme Court: makes decisions regarding LGBT rights

Keith Stahl, Senior

The United States Supreme court officially started a new term on Monday the 8th of October with it’s docket full of historical and controversial cases and in the most recent case regarding lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender (LBGT) residents in the workplace, the court must decide if Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBT Americans from getting fired on the basis of sex and sexual orientation.  

Many LGBT residents are concerned about this decision due to two conservative judges appointed by Donald Trump which are expected to go with their personal views rather than the rule of law. However, many Americans think Justice Neil Gorsuch a considerable textualist, could be a swing vote because he considers the words Congress enacted rather than evidence drawn from other sources.

Justice Gorsuch does not want to make a decision, because he does not want to cause “social upheaval.” Some believe that this dismissiveness shows that Justice Gorsuch might not be the savior for the LGBT community. 

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a descendant from immigrants and the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history, does not like the current court’s outlook of these decisions, and said during the case, “At what point does a court continue to permit invidious discrimination against groups that, where we have a difference of opinion, we believe the language of the statute is clear”. Justice Sotomayor has a history of being more liberal with civil rights cases; however, her opinion seems worthless because of the majority not being on her side.