Former US President, Barack Obama took to Twitter and Instagram to react after the Supreme Court’s decision of protecting LGBTQ rights.
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday, June 15, 2020, that gay and transgender people are protected against employment discrimination under existing civil rights laws.
Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined the court’s liberals in the 6-to-3 ruling. They said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination “because of sex,” includes gay and transgender employees.
Barack Obama described SCOTUS’ ruling as “progress” and he used the opportunity to wish the country a “Happy Pride month”.
He wrote: “Today’s Supreme Court ruling protecting LGBTQ Americans from workplace discrimination is an affirmation of our country’s founding promise of equality for all. 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. 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.”
A number of celebrities also celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Queen Latifah wrote: “A Great Day for the Community!!! All biased discrimination is wrong. I’m glad the Supreme Court was able to discriminate between right and wrong as it pertains to this law!”