Published 2:46 PM EDT Jun 16, 2020
Employers cannot fire workers merely for being gay or transgender, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday.
The decision rules that the 1964 Civil Rights Act barring sex discrimination in the workplace applies to gay, lesbian and transgender workers.
“Congress adopted broad language making it illegal for an employer to rely on an employee’s sex when deciding to fire that employee. We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary consequence of that legislative choice: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law,” penned Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, who wrote the decision.
The ruling is a major victory for LGBTQ rights, sending celebrities to social media to voice their support for the milestone moment.
“O happy day!” tweeted “Star Trek” actor George Takei, noting the the LGBTQ civil rights movement began 51 years ago with the Stonewall Riots led by trans POC heroes. “Today we mark another milestone in our struggle for equality.”
“Sex in the City” actress and activist Cynthia Nixon also marked the “huge victory” on Twitter.
“Happy Pride Everybody,” she shared. “The Supreme Court has decided LGBTQ people can sue for workplace bias.”
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Taylor Swift also took to Twitter to celebrate the news.
“YES!!” she wrote. “Thank you to the Supreme Court Justices who voted in favor and all the advocates who have fought so hard for this! We still have a long way to go to reach equality, but this is a beautiful step forward.”
Selena Gomez also applauded the decision on Twitter, calling it “great news,” and Ellen DeGeneres hailed it as “historic.”
Conservative commentator and host of “The View” Meghan McCain also commended the Supreme Court, tweeting that the ruling was “huge and long overdue.”
Mandy Moore tweeted that the decision was “just incredible news.”
“A bright spot in dark times,” she added.
Jonathan Van Ness from “Queer Eye” also expressed gratitude, tweeting “(expletive) yes Supreme Court.”
Van Ness’ “Queer Eye” cast mate Bobby Berk thanked the Supreme Court in a tweet for “restoring my faith in this country.”
Singer Clay Aiken took to Twitter to raise a question about Justice Gorsuch, who wrote the decision and was nominated to the court by President Donald Trump.
“Question: Does this mean that we now celebrate Justice Gorsuch for his role in protecting the rights of LGBT Americans? Or do we still have to hate him because of other decisions we don’t agree with?” he wrote.
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Journalist Dan Rather recalled his “journey for recognizing LGBTQ rights” just like the “country itself.”
“Today is a great day for the universal truth that all people are created equal,” he tweeted.
“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi shared the “incredible news.”
“LGBTQ people are now safe from discrimination in the workplace,” she wrote.
Better Midler saluted those who have helped in the movement.
“I salute the pioneers whose activism made life easier, although not perfect, by any means, for millions of LGBTQ people around the world,” she shared.
GLAAD also applauded the ruling calling it a historic decision that “shouldn’t have even been a debate.”
“LGBTQ Americans should be able to work without fear of losing jobs because of who they are. The decision gives us hope that as a country we can unite for the common good and continue the fight for LGBTQ acceptance,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in an release. “Especially at a time when the Trump Administration is rolling back the rights of transgender people and anti-transgender violence continues to plague our nation, this decision is a step towards affirming the dignity of transgender people, and all LGBTQ people.”
Contributing: Charles Trepany