It’s been a rough start to Pride month this year.
Not only are we still in the middle of a pandemic, making large celebratory gatherings unwise if not full-on prohibited, but the fact that we still need protests to remind people that Black lives matter has set a particularly somber tone for the Black LGBTQ community. Then Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling had to jump back on her unfortunate and hurtful anti-trans high horse. Oh, and the Trump administration rolled back the Obama-era ruling that prohibited discriminating against trans people seeking medical care.
But in a surprise move this morning, the Supreme Court ruled 6 to 3 that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 absolutely prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In other words, the highest court in the land has said people can’t be fired for being queer or transgender. Sorry, President Trump!!
Three of the court’s conservative judges disagreed with the ruling, while the four liberal judges, along with wildcard John Roberts and conservative judge Neil Gorsuch all showing up for equal rights for the LGBTQ community. Particularly shocking was that Gorsuch, who was appointed to the court by Trump himself, actually wrote the majority opinion.
This ruling is essentially the first good news we’ve gotten all month, leading to all sorts of celebration. And, as usual, the internet has provided us with some fantastic tweets to commemorate such a momentous occasion.
tfw you steal a Supreme Court seat and for your trouble you don’t even get to fire gays https://t.co/4u4QK338DC
— Daniel Summers, MD (@WFKARS) June 15, 2020
— Caroline Darya Framke (@carolineframke) June 15, 2020
gays realizing that showing up late with a cold brew and talking sh*t over slack isn’t protected by the SOCTUS ruling: pic.twitter.com/QMSHyKtxDG
— tony (@toekneepraysick) June 15, 2020
JK Rowling is worse than Neil Gorsuch on trans rights that’s fucked
— Maynard G. Muskievote (@BobbyBigWheel) June 15, 2020
neil gorsuch dethroning sasha velour as queen of the surprise reveal
— timmy turnter (@gabebergado) June 15, 2020
conservatve dudes always claim they’re the real victims of discrimination so they shoud be stoked the supreme court finally made it illegal to fire them for being straight
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) June 15, 2020
Me walking into a Christian-owned business to get a job because they can no longer discriminate against me for being gay pic.twitter.com/ORrB638Ucs
— reid (@thereidfeed) June 15, 2020
lmaaaaooooo at alito writing an 142 page dissent and accusing gorsuch of betraying the incredibly dead scalia with this decision. need those tears injected directly into my bloodstream.
— . (@thisisntxav) June 15, 2020
EVANGELICALS TRADED THEIR SOULS TO TRUMP FOR THE SUPREME COURT AND IT DIDN’T EVEN WORK LMAOOOOO
— God (@thegoodgodabove) June 15, 2020
The Supreme Court said you about to KEEP your job
— Rose Dommu (@rosedommu) June 15, 2020