TUCSON— Today, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to LGBTQ individuals, making it illegal for employers to fire an individual based off their sexual orientation or gender identity. In response, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:
“This is a remarkable victory for the LGBTQ community that has fought for decades against discrimination in the workplace while longing for a day where they are fully equal under the law. Before today, you could be fired in Arizona and numerous other states simply for who you love or how you identify. Make no mistake, this is a stunning rebuke of the Trump Administration, which has consistently devalued LGBTQ lives while actively using the levers of justice and policy against them.
“Whether it was Trump’s decision to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military, HHS officials rolling back discrimination protections in healthcare, or Secretary DeVos’ relentless targeting of LGBTQ students in our schools, the Trump Administration time and time again has proven it is no friend to the LGBTQ community.
“The fight does not end with this case. Now, it’s time for the U.S. Senate to pass the Equality Act and further guarantee an end to discrimination of LGBTQ individuals not just in the workplace, but in all aspects of public life. In the middle of a Pride Month that is very different from years past, I join hands with my LGBTQ brothers and sisters and celebrate this ruling that is one step closer to the full equality they deserve.”