COLUMBUS – In a 6-3 decision with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch joining the U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal justices, the court today ruled that federal civil rights laws protect LGBTQ Americans from workplace discrimination — a decision at odds with Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, who opposed equality for LGBTQ workers.
“Discrimination in the workplace based on who you are and who you love is un-American, and today’s Supreme Court decision is a great victory for LGBTQ equality,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Five years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges established marriage equality as the law of the land, and this ruling provides more protections for LGBTQ Americans in the workplace. However, there is still much work to be done, especially as the Trump administration continues its anti-LGBTQ attacks, including rolling back protections from discrimination in health care, banning transgender Americans from serving in the military and reversing an Obama-era rule that stopped federal funds from going to adoption agencies that discriminate against LGBTQ families.”
“As Ohio’s attorney general, Mike DeWine defended the state’s unconstitutional ban on same-sex marriage all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court — and he still opposes marriage equality, five years after the Obergefell decision — and now Dave Yost is using the attorney general’s office to pursue the same extremist, anti-equality agenda,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesperson Kirstin Alvanitakis. “Yost opposed LGBTQ equality and provided cover for Trump’s Department of Justice, and in this case, just as DeWine did, Yost lost. Equality won. It’s time for Ohio Republicans to stop using our LGBTQ friends and loved ones as legal punching bags for their right-wing political agenda.”