The extraordinary 6-3 ruling meant once again meant Brett Kavanaugh, who dissented, faced loathing on the Internet, and the surprising "hero" of the day was Neil Gorsuch — a conservative judge recently appointed by Trump.
The real champions were, of course, the activists and lawyers at the centre of the decision. Here’s a breakdown of everything you should know about this groundbreaking case and its consequences:
The top court in the US ruled that employers who fire workers for being gay or transgender are breaking the country's civil rights laws. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court said federal law — which prohibits discrimination based on sex — should be understood to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
The decision was especially surprising as the court has recently become much more conservative.
We won because Black and Brown trans people fought and died for us to live and fight.
Lawyers for the employers of the plaintiffs argued that the authors of the 1964 Civil Rights Act did not intend for it to apply to cases involving sexual orientation and gender identity. The Trump administration sided with that argument.
This decision came at a particularly poignant and desperate time for LGBTQ right in the US. Just days before the decision, the Trump Administration rolled back Obama-era healthcare protections for transgender people and abortion access.
That decision is now, fortunately, void.
I genuinely think this is a full win. We fully won. The HHS rule is completely void.
Senator from Maine Susan Collins also faced ire on Monday evening, as she voted to confirm Kavanaugh two years ago. Collins, who faces a tough 2020 re-election bid, is among the most vocal Senate Republican supporters, supposedly, of LGBTQ rights.
Kavanaugh stood against basic LGBTQ rights, and we will make Susan Collins pay in November.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)
Neil Gorsuch gets highly-praised — too soon?
In a surprise twist, Trump-appointee judge Neil Gorsuch not only sided with the liberal side of the court, but also wrote the decision as to why LGBTQ people deserve basic human rights.
He received high praise across social and news media cites. A CNN headline read, "Why Trump's Supreme Court appointee Neil Gorsuch just protected LGBTQ rights" and many were excited by his seeming change of political tune.
neil gorsuch heard chromatica and said maybe the gays have a point