On Monday morning, the United States was greeted with some wonderful news, which has been increasingly rare as the Trump presidency drags our nation further into chaos and dysfunction. The Supreme Court ruled in a historic 6-3 decision that employers cannot discriminate against their employees on the basis of their sexual or gender identity, a sharp rebuke to a Trump team that had ended federal healthcare protections for LGBTQIA individuals just this past Friday.
In an even bigger blow to the radical right-wing homophobes and religious extremists who had doubtlessly been literally praying for the right to oppress people based on their sexual or gender identifies, Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch crossed the aisle and sided against the conservative position.
This caused no small amount of weeping, moaning, gnashing of teeth, and seething from right-wingers who were suddenly confronted with the prospect of treating gay and trans folks the same way they treat everyone else.
This Gorsuch decision is not originalist in any way; he acknowledges as much. It is simply a bad, outcome-driven legal decision. And it throws religious liberty, free speech, and employment law into complete turmoil.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 15, 2020
Justice Scalia would be disappointed that his successor has bungled textualism so badly today, for the sake of appealing to college campuses and editorial boards.
This was not judging, this was legislating—a brute force attack on our constitutional system. (1/x)
— Carrie Severino (@JCNSeverino) June 15, 2020
There was also an outpouring of glee from liberals who “absolutely love to see it.”
Justice Alito’s dissent is 100 pages long lmao https://t.co/NvbWtCwHwQ
— 5-4 Podcast (@fivefourpod) June 15, 2020
scalia was so afraid of locker room gay stuff that he accidentally wrote an opinion in oncale that would be used 22 years later as the basis for a decision that title vii prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation (and gender id)
— law dog, esq. (@ggooooddddoogg) June 15, 2020
heads up to the dummies on the fifth circuit: justice gorsuch does not find it difficult or complicated to address trans women using feminine pronouns pic.twitter.com/POqExoPC9H
— Sigh Hersh, Hostile Witness (@Ugarles) June 15, 2020