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6/15/20: SCOTUS Makes a Historic LGBTQ+ Ruling

SCOTUS has made a historic ruling: in a 6-3 opinion, Neal Gorsuch wrote,”Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender. The answer is clear.” That answer is clear, and it is a resounding “no.”

As the child of two gay parents who fought for civil rights, this decision is a hard-won and welcome victory. It is a cause for celebration amid a dark time in our country.

In addition, today is Supreme Court decision day, and there are two other major cases regarding immigrants’ rights and reproductive rights that we’ve yet to hear about. If we don’t hear about them today, we can expect to hear about them Thursday. 

Our work is not finished. We must pass the Equality Act NOW. We must ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. We must fight racial injustice tooth and nail. Local youth are trying to keep the Robert E. Lee statue in Fort Myers down after it was reclaimed by the Sons of the Confederacy. You can sign their petition to keep it down here. On the federal level, you can urge Rep. RooneySenator Marco Rubio, and Senator Rick Scott to support the Congressional Black Caucus’ Justice in Policing Act. More needs to be done on this front, but we must start somewhere.

Take heed, as Dr. King stated, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” 

Those of us with privilege, especially, must start actively bending that arc towards justice now.