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Arizona leaders, advocates react to LGBTQ discrimination ruling

By: - June 15, 2020 5:04 pm

Robert Oliver and Mark Heller hold hands, draped in flags, as they celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015, in West Hollywood, California. Photo by David McNew | Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday morning that LGBTQ Americans are protected from workplace discrimination by the 1964 civil rights act.

“An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the court. “Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids…

“Consider, for example, an employer with two employees, both of whom are attracted to men. The two individuals are, to the employer’s mind, materially identical in all respects, except that one is a man and the other a woman. If the employer fires the male employee for no reason other than the fact he is attracted to men, the employer discriminates against him for traits or actions it tolerates in his female colleague.”

Gorsuch and Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal justices in the 6-3 ruling.

Arizona officials and advocacy groups weighed in with their reactions. 

Democratic LGBTQ lawmakers praised the ruling

Democrats in Congress celebrated the decision

Groups that advocate for gay rights reveled in the ruling

Local business groups were silent, but 1 national org praised the ruling

Anti-gay groups denounced the Supreme Court’s decision

Republicans in Arizona’s congressional delegation were silent on social media regarding the ruling, as were state GOP lawmakers.

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Jim Small
Jim Small

Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.