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“This Is Huge”: Stories of Those Impacted by the Supreme Court’s Landmark Decision

June 17, 2020

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Title VII officially prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender status on a federal level.

The battle for this decision began with Gerald Bostock versus Clayton County, Ga. Bostock’s employer admitted to firing him because they viewed his membership to a gay softball team as “unbecoming.”

“Think about the two plaintiffs that labored to get this as a point of right … and they both died before they saw it,” said In Our Voices Treasurer Robert Miller.

Rooted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ruling had victorious outcomes for other cases like Donald Zarda and Aimee Stephens, in which both employers admitted to firing them based on their sexual orientation and preference. Gay rights advocates say this ruling is more inclusive.

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