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Why the Equality Act Remains Important to LGBTQ Equality

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A Supreme Court victory is the beginning, not the end, of the fight against anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

In Bostock v. Clayton County , the U.S. Supreme Court held that anti-LGBTQ discrimination is “because of sex” and thus prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Bostock was a major victory, both for LGBTQ rights and for the rule of law. But for those who care about LGBTQ equality, Bostock should not cause us to lose sight of the need to continue to push for legislative reforms, including passage of the federal Equality Act —a proposed law that would further clarify and strengthen protections against anti-LGBTQ discrimination. Although Bostock was an enormously important decision, the Equality Act remains critical to ensuring that equality is a lived reality for the LGBTQ community.

After decades of advocacy in the lower courts, the Supreme Court held on June 25 that existing federal employment discrimination law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Applying straightforward textualist principles, the Court recognized that it is impossible to discriminate on the basis of LGBTQ status without also discriminating “because of sex.”As the Court recognized , a female employee who is […]

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