End the duopoly

Court cases uphold LGBTQ equality

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Aimee Stephens, seated, and her wife, Donna, outside the U.S. Supreme Court. (Associated Press)

DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writer
taffet@dallasvoice.com Many of the LGBTQ community’s biggest steps forward in the march toward equality have come in the courts, and 2020 saw one of the biggest legal wins yet, with a June 15 ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court finally giving LGBTQ people federal protection from discrimination in employment.

Here are a few legal victories this year, starting, of course, with workplace protections decision.

• Bostock: U.S. Supreme Court rules against employment discrimination
In one of its biggest rulings of the year and its first ruling on LGBTQ rights since Masterpiece Cake, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is discrimination based on sex and is illegal under the Civil Rights Act. This decision came in Bostock v. Clayton County, which combined three cases: Bostock, in which George Bostock was fired from his job with Clayton County for “conduct unbecoming a county employee” after he began playing in a gay softball league; Zarda v. Altitude Express, in which skydiving instructor Donald Zarda, formerly of Dallas, was fired after telling a […]

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