The 1964 Civil Rights Act forbids the termination or hiring of an employee based on race, color, religion, sex, or nationality. The one element that is being questioned is whether or not the term “sex” can apply to sexual orientation or gender identity.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard three separate cases concerning this issue.
Three different defendants presented their cases before the Supreme Court on Tuesday in which they claim they were fired for being either homosexual or transgender.
Gabriel Arkles, Senior Staff Attorney at the American Civil Rights Union (ACLU), represented Aimee Stephens at the Supreme Court hearing on Tuesday. He seems to be optimistic about the ruling that can come as early as January or as late as June.
He feels confident that the four liberal judges will undoubtedly vote in favor of the LGBTQ interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The swing vote looks like it’s in the hands of conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Arkles said, “Justice Gorsuch certainly implied that he thought our textual argument carried some weight and that it was at least possible he will vote in favor of the employees.”
Regardless of the outcome, Arkles echoes the sentiment of his client Aimee Stephens:
“[T]he fact that we’re able to bring it forth and hear the case presented is a victory already. Regardless of whether it’s a favorable decision or not, we still have a lot of work to do. When this part’s over, we just work on the next issue, and work hard and keeping going.”