FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2020

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Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team
[email protected]; Phone:(202) 417-0171

VICTORY: Supreme Court Protects Existing Employment Protections for LGBTQ+ Americans

WASHINGTON — Today, the Supreme Court issued decisions in three major cases protecting the rights of LGBTQ+ workers. Katy Joseph, Director of Policy & Advocacy at Interfaith Alliance, shared the following:

Today, the court affirmed an inherent truth, holding that LGBTQ+ people are, and should be, protected from discrimination under federal law. In this challenging moment for our nation, the Supreme Court has delivered a watershed moment for equality. Every person, of all sexual orientations and gender identities, has inherent dignity and worth. 

Too often employers overstep the boundaries of personal religious freedom – the right to believe as we choose – to impose their beliefs on others through staffing decisions and workplace culture. Turning away LGBTQ+ job applicants and employees, or terminating their employment due to their identity, isn’t religious freedom – it’s discrimination.

Today’s victory honors the legacy of Aimee Stephens, a trailblazer who sadly did not live to celebrate this moment. In her honor, we will continue this fight. We urge the Senate to take up the bipartisan Equality Act, which passed in the House in 2019, to ensure the members of the LGBTQ+ community are afforded the same constitutional rights as their neighbors.” 

If you would like to speak with Katy Joseph further, please contact Manisha Sunil at [email protected] or (202) 417-0171. 

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Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.