Former President Barack Obama on Monday evening celebrated the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling saying employers cannot discriminate against gay, lesbian and transgender workers.
The Supreme Court ruled 6-to-3 that the text of the 1964 Civil Rights Act barring employment discrimination based on sex, among other characteristics, should be understood to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
The decision was written by Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s first nominee to the court. He was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s four liberal justices.
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling protecting LGBTQ Americans from workplace discrimination is an affirmation of our country’s founding promise of equality for all,” Obama wrote.
“I’m heartened to think of all those Americans who will no longer live in fear of being fired because of who they are and who they love,” he added. “It’s a moment decades in the making, a reminder that progress can be slow—but it is always possible. And it’s validation for all those out there speaking out and marching so that our country’s founding promise might touch even more of our people. Happy Pride month, everybody.”
Obama shared a photo of the White House illuminated in rainbow colors in 2015 in the wake of the landmark Supreme Court ruling that allowed same-sex couples nationwide to marry.