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Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:14 PM

This is a GREAT DAY for the United States of America.

The Supreme Court has ruled that “gender” is a protected class under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That means that businesses can not take “adverse employment action”—firing, not hiring, demoting, or otherwise penalizing employees on the basis of their gender, be they gay, lesbian, bi, trans, or whatever. This is a major change in American law. Previously, a gay person could be fired just for being gay. That was perfectly legal. That changed today. Previously, a gay person could be denied services at “common carrier” businesses like hotels and restaurants just because they were gay. That changed today. We have no idea what the further implications of this ruling will be, but they will be significant, and they will be good.

The Clean Water Act has been preserved. The Trump administration sought to effectively gut the act, and the SCOTUS denied the government’s plea to gut the Act. This is a major victory for those of us who value our environment.

The SCOTUS ruled that the State of Texas can not execute a suspect who was denied effective assistance of counsel. Previously, the SCOTUS has declined to hear such cases—allowing the state of Texas to execute prisoners as it saw fit. This time the SCOTUS decided that it would hear the case if Texas decided to execute someone who made an “ineffective assistance of counsel argument.” This is an enormous change in SCOTUS jurisprudence.

But THE MAIN THING is this. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Niel Gorsuch joined 4 liberals on the Court in these decisions, giving us a 6-3 majority. Gorsuch actually wrote the opinion securing LGBT+!rights. This is an ENORMOUS and EXCELLENT change. I will not promise that it will last, but, for the moment, I feel that this is a great day for the United States—a day worthy of celebration.



-Laelth

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Laelth Jun 2020 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2020 #1
Laelth Jun 2020 #19
leftieNanner Jun 2020 #2
Laelth Jun 2020 #20
leftieNanner Jun 2020 #22
Laelth Jun 2020 #23
LaelthsDaughter Jun 2020 #3
empedocles Jun 2020 #4
madaboutharry Jun 2020 #5
KentuckyWoman Jun 2020 #6
Laelth Jun 2020 #21
totodeinhere Jun 2020 #7
sfstaxprep Jun 2020 #9
Turbineguy Jun 2020 #8
Initech Jun 2020 #10
Laelth Jun 2020 #24
AlexSFCA Jun 2020 #11
Laelth Jun 2020 #26
FailureToCommunicate Jun 2020 #12
bucolic_frolic Jun 2020 #13
CanonRay Jun 2020 #14
Karadeniz Jun 2020 #15
Grokenstein Jun 2020 #17
trickyguy Jun 2020 #16
SergeStorms Jun 2020 #18
Alex4Martinez Jun 2020 #25

Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:17 PM

1. Damn right, it's a great day, my dear Laelth!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 10:18 PM

19. Thank you, my dear Cal Peg. Yes. It is. n/t



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:17 PM

2. Oh Gosh!

So exciting!



Now, if I go on Facebook (something very rare these days) and post how happy I am about the LGBT+ employment protections, will I start getting ads for gay cruises again? That's what happened when the marriage equality ruling came down. I thought it was delightful.

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Response to leftieNanner (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 10:32 PM

20. Oh gosh, indeed!

I have no idea what will happen if you go on Facebook to share your joy over these rulings, but I would do it anyway.

I believe in being HAPPY when I am happy, and to hell with those who don’t like it. They are welcome to wallow in their perpetual misery.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #20)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 10:39 PM

22. This is great news

And I will join you in being happy tonight. We don't get a lot of them these days - best enjoy them when we can.

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Response to leftieNanner (Reply #22)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 10:44 PM

23. It feels like my happy days are few and far between.

This is a happy day. Thank you for celebrating it with me.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:18 PM

3. YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!! (n/t)

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:18 PM

4. Wonder if the legendary, ghost of 'lection returns, may be helping SCOTUS some

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:19 PM

5. I think that there are a couple of Justices on The Supreme Court

who are thinking of history and legacy. At least these two don't want to be remembered as hacks. They are true conservatives, so I don't expect either of them to follow in the footsteps of Justice Souter.

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:19 PM

6. I appreciate you.



Thank you for keeping up with this and reporting. Good news .

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Reply #6)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 10:36 PM

21. You are very welcome.

I appreciate YOU.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:19 PM

7. This is getting to be a fairly common tactic used by conservatives.

They will throw us a bone on a social issue such as gay rights but they were continue to screw us over most of the time.

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:24 PM

9. Waiting On The Drumpf Tax Returns Decision

That one involves Criminal activity. Let's see which way Gorsuch goes on that one.

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:23 PM

8. About time.

This is a good outcome.

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:26 PM

10. And boy have we needed one this year!

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Response to Initech (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 10:46 PM

24. Quite. n/t



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:32 PM

11. biggest landmark victory since marriage case

Today feels like America again.

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #11)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 10:49 PM

26. Just so. n/t



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 09:10 PM

13. We'll take any sign of hope we can get

I think they'll eventually screw the environment, but Roberts, pro-business though he is, never struck me as someone who had his head in the sand. He understands judicial legitimacy, he has stated he does not want the judicial branch politicized. There have been some surprise rulings on both sides this spring. It's almost as if Roberts has instructed his colleagues that they must carefully consider the legal arguments from both sides. Or maybe RBG has gotten in everyone's space!

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 09:18 PM

14. We haven't had too many lately

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 09:42 PM

15. I cannot fathom why some people...outside of fascist countries...think it's okay to deprive some

Groups of their civil rights.

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #15)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 10:13 PM

17. Just makes them feel better about their own lot in life

...when someone else suffers needlessly.

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 09:54 PM

16. Gay marriage was a huge victory for the LGBT community. But this, this is an even greater

victory because it affects almost ALL of us in that community.

Who doesn't need a decent job and to be treated decently when doing that job?

Who doesn't want to be treated fairly when eating at a restaurant?

And the list goes on. So this is a victory for all of us in the LGBT community - regardless.

Thank you to the majority on the Supreme Court and especially Justice Niel Gorsuch

for being on the right side of history.

It's great to be an American today.



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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 10:17 PM

18. It is, it is.

Don't think republicans are going to take 'no' for an answer though. They promised the evangelicals they'd cut these liberals off at the ankles about abortion and gay rights. That's why it's so important to rid our government of republicans in every area of government.

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 10:47 PM

25. K/R nt.

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