June 15, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court announced in a 6-3 ruling that federal civil rights law protects LGBTQ+ workers from employment discrimination. The Trump Administration unsuccessfully argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not bar discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. 

"Today is a historic day for the LGBTQ+ community, and for all Americans who believe that no one should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity," Rep. Lieu said. "There is nothing ambiguous about this ruling: Six Supreme Court Justices, including one nominated by President Trump, agree that the protections under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should apply to members of the LGBTQ+ community. I applaud their correct decision.

"This is a victory for champions of equality and justice in an otherwise regressive era for civil rights under President Trump. In particular, members of our trans community, who have seen states pass transphobic legislation challenging their right to exist, now have guaranteed employment protections. The Court's opinion clearly isn't the end of the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, but it is a step in the right direction. These protections should be guaranteed in all facets of American life, which is why the Military should end President Trump's discriminatory ban on trans service members. As a veteran, I believe anyone willing and qualified to serve their country should be able to. It is also time for the Senate to take up the House's Equality Act of 2019 which extends LGBTQ+ protections to housing, credit, education, public services, and federally funded programs.

"June is Pride Month, which is an opportunity to not only celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, but to also reflect on the unfinished work of guaranteeing their rights. Today's Supreme Court decision demonstrates that progress, while not always linear, is possible as long as we keep fighting for it."