In Gay Rights 'Gamechanger,' Appeals Court Bars Employment Bias Based on Sexual Orientation

, The National Law Journal


Overruling years of precedent, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday concluded that discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation violates the Civil Rights Act.

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  • G. Weaver

    We think we live in a democracy or republic and enjoy “self-determination.” But we don’t—any more. Instead, we live in a judicial autocracy where the most important policy decisions are made by judges. In the most glaring recent example, between 1998 and 2012, almost 45 million Americans voted in 31 public referenda to define marriage as male-female. Their votes were flushed down the toilet by the Supreme Court on the basis of a “right” that has no basis in the history, text, or meaning of the Constitution. Should we be surprised that the courts would do the same thing with the language of Title VII?

  • P. Schlafly

    It seems rather premature to call this decision a, quote, game changer -- especially since the 11th Circuit went the other way just last month. And if anyone thinks the SCOTUS with Justice Gorsuch is going to do Congress‘s work in amending Title VII when it eventually takes up this circuit split is arguably delusional.

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