Cases before the U.S. Supreme Court seem almost like an afterthought after last week’s political slugfest over the confirmation process for President Trump’s second nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. But there are several cases before the high court that are of great importance to the LGBTQ community as the high court began its 2018-2019 session this week. In fact, this session could be one of the busiest in history for LGBTQ-related concerns.
It was the third day of a four-day confirmation hearing for federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh to join the U.S. Supreme Court before a senator really pressed hard for him to account for his commitment to equal rights for LGBTQ people. U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) started off, trying to get Kavanaugh to agree that he wouldn’t fire somebody because of the color of that person’s skin or their gender. “Of course,” Kavanaugh agreed.
For the third time in less than a year, a federal appeals court has ruled that an LGBT person can seek protection from job discrimination under Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964.