Today, the Supreme Court rightly affirmed that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, and national origin, affords protection from workplace discrimination to the LGBTQ community as well. In celebration of their decision, Chair of the Florida Democratic Party Terrie Rizzo issued the following statement:
“Today, in the midst of Pride month, I am proud to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community and celebrate the Supreme Court’s affirmation that LGBTQ people deserve equal protection under the law. While today’s victory gets us one step closer to a country where everyone can live openly, freely, and authentically, we know we have much more work to do to ensure a truly equitable United States.
For decades, Republicans have blocked Democratic efforts to pass the Competitive Workplace Act and protect LGBTQ people not only in the workplace, but also in the public space and housing realms. Donald Trump’s Department of Justice has fought to deny these protections and just last week, the Trump administration stripped Obama-era transgender health care protections. The Florida Democratic Party is dedicated to electing Joe Biden, who is committed to championing equal rights for all Americans. To the activists who have worked decades for these protections, congratulations and Happy Pride!”