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Brett Kavanaugh on Civil Rights

 

 


Job discrimination rules don't apply to transgender status

The Supreme Court ruled that existing federal law forbids job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender status. By a vote of 6-3, the court said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate because of a person's sex, also covers sexual orientation and transgender status.

The Trump administration had urged the court to rule that Title VII does not cover cases like these. "The ordinary meaning of 'sex' is biologically male or female. An employer does not violate Title VII as long as it treats men in same-sex relationships the same as women in same-sex relationships."

GORSUCH wrote ruling, joined by ROBERTS, GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN. Dissenting opinion by ALITO, THOMAS, and KAVANAUGH [according to NPR.org] accused the majority of sailing under a "textualist flag," essentially pretending to remain true to the words of the statute but instead updating it "to better reflect the current values of society."

Source: NBC News on BOSTOCK v. CLAYTON COUNTY, GEORGIA , Jun 15, 2020

First Amendment protects religious liberty

Kavanaugh said generally during his hearings that "it's important to recognize that the First Amendment to the Constitution, as well as many statutes, of course, protect religious liberty. We are all equally American no matter what religion we are or no religion at all--and that means religious speakers and religious people have a right to their place in the public square." [Anti-LGBT activists cite "religious liberty"" as a reason to disallow businesses from serving gay customers].
Source: CNN.com on lead-up to SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings , Jul 9, 2018

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