The failures just keep coming for “president” Donald Trump. In what is likely one of the biggest shockers in the court’s history, the Supreme Court ruled to extend workplace civil rights to gay, lesbian, and transgender people. Many conservatives are shocked and angered, but they need to face the fact that gay, lesbian, and transgender people deserve to be protected from prejudice that prevents them from thriving in our society. They are human beings who deserve to be treated as such.
Many are surprised that Neil Gorusch wrote the majority opinion because he is a Trump appointee. They are likely the same people who were shocked when John Roberts ruled in favor of Obamacare. Roberts has always leaned toward decisions grounded in law and — at least in this case — Gorusch decided based on the law. The 1964 Civil Rights Act protects all from discrimination, not just people of color. Anyone who falls outside of whatever is perceived “society’s norm” is and should be protected by this law. He specifically said that “the limits of the drafters’ imagination supply no reason to ignore the law’s demands.” Yes, it is the law, and they were right to uphold it.
Trump is pretending that he is not be bothered by the decision, telling reporters “I’ve read the decision,” according to Politico. That claim is doubtful at best. Trump likely can barely get through Dick and Jane, let alone a complex legal document. The employers in this case were backed by the Trump administration and tried to argue that the 1964 Civil Rights Act “was not intended” to protect gay and transgender people from discrimination. Why? Gay and transgender people are entitled to civil rights.
However, there are those who believe simply because a justice is appointed by a president, he should go against what is right to appease that president and his followers. Sorry, but you are not the only people living in this world. Erick Erickson, another loud-mouthed conservative radio host, proclaimed: “All those evangelicals who sided with Trump in 2016 to protect them from the cultural currents just found their excuse to stay home in 2020.” Good. Hopefully, they all stay home. Carrie Severino, president of a right-wing outfit called Judicial Crisis Network, tweeted “Justice Scalia would be disappointed that his successor has bungled textualism so badly today.” Woman, please.
The Court today held up the rights of yet another disenfranchised group to fully exist in the world in which they live. Conservatives and evangelicals merely want to tell us how to live when they are far from perfect themselves. Any “Christian” who supports Donald Trump and his racist, homophobic, and xenophobic policies is no Christian. They have not read the very Bible that they want to beat the rest of us over the head with. Take the advice of a heathen and turn to Matthew 7:1-2: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Conservative evangelicals can put that in their pipe and smoke it.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years