On Tuesday, October 8 the Supreme Court of the United States will hear three cases about LGBTQ employment discrimination that will determine if federal law protects LGBTQ people.
I can’t overstate the importance of these cases. The Court must affirm that LGBTQ people have the right to work and be judged only on their merit and not their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
If the Court holds against us, then it would be rolling back some of the few existing protections LGBTQ people have at the federal level.
No matter what side the Court ultimately favors, we will have more work to do. Federal law will still allow for discrimination in access to housing and in public accommodations, like restaurants or stores––so we’ll need to continue to fight for the Equality Act. And it won’t fix employment protections (or the rest!) in Ohio––we’ll need to keep working with our state legislators to pass the Ohio Fairness Act.
Join Our #OurDayInCourt Debrief Tuesday At 5:30
The most important thing you can do is to stay informed. The day of the arguments, we’ll have a debrief at 5:30pm.
Please join us for free appetizers and refreshments in Cleveland or Columbus, and if you’re outside of those areas (most of you are!), we have a call you can join on your phone, tablet, or computer.