Supreme Court decision lauded by Nashville LGBT Chamber

The Nashville LGBT Chamber is lauding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that employers can’t discriminate against gay and transgender employees.

Here’s the full release:

Nashville, TN (June 15, 2020) –  In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court has now ensured no employer has the right to discriminate against a person because of their sexual orientation or gender identity through the expansion of Title VII. The ruling grants federal job protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender workers to further advance the cause of LGBTQ rights. Conservatives Chief Justice John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch joined the court’s four liberal justices in the majority. 

“This decision reminds us that change is possible when we pursue it from every avenue possible, advocating at the legislature, challenging discriminatory legislation through the courts, organizing and protesting in the community and voting for pro LGBT candidates in every election.” said Joe Woolley, CEO.  “We are particularly proud that even traditionally conservative justices agree that LGBT rights are human rights now enshrined in our laws.”

Business will continue to be the catalyst for continued advancement and positive change for our diverse and marginalized communities. Our 500+ members understand the economic imperative of inclusion and diversity within their businesses and through their policies.  

Woolley continued, “After marriage equality 5 years ago next week, many LGBT and ally people thought the movement for equality was over. They did not realize that you could be married on Saturday and then fired on Monday in over half the country. 28 states had little or no workplace protections for the LGBT community. About 4.5% of the U.S. population, or roughly 11 million people, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer; 88% of them are employed.” 

The LGBT community is a vital part of the American economy and deserves equal treatment under the law. This decision is a shining light in an otherwise tumultuous climate. This is a victory for our community and exemplifies the work of organizations like the Nashville LGBT Chamber. We will continue to advocate for LGBT rights in the workplace. 

 

28 Responses to Supreme Court decision lauded by Nashville LGBT Chamber

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Did you ever notice how the four leftists on the Court NEVER, like good Stalinist acolytes that they are, stray from the party line. On the other hand, “conservative” judges chosen during Republican administration are as reliably conservative as the Republican Party itself.

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      Christina Norris says:

      Mr. Anderson, you must not have gay children. Knowing a gay person well would, I predict, make your views less narrow.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Of course, it’s the old story, people who see eye to eye with you have “broad views” and those who disagree with you have “narrow views.” That’s the rhetoric of a rather intolerant person Christina which I have a feeling doesn’t comport with your self image. Wouldn’t it be better if you simply accepted that human beings with different personalities, who were raised in different environments, who had different life experiences may disagree from time to time without either one being covered in glory or shame.

        Whether I have homosexual children or am friendly with homosexuals has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the response to which you are replying. I was simply pointing out that leftists on the court rigorously adhere to their ideology which in this their view means that the constitution and laws passed by congress and signed by the President say whatever we want them to say no matter the words used and the legislative history of their passage. On the other hand, Justices Roberts and Gorsuch were chosen specifically because they weren’t supposed to do that sort of thing which makes a mockery out of what is supposed to be our constitutional democracy yet in this case that is exactly what they did. Nothing to do with personal likes or dislikes Christina I wonder what motivated you to go off on that tangent.

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    James White says:

    Yes another reason saying ‘ we gotta elect a republican president because he/she will appoint conservative judges’ has proven once again not to be the case.
    If they would impeach a few of these judges that make up law and do not follow the constitution, then it would be better for the country.

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      Eddie White says:

      Who nominated the 3 judges who voted no?

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        James White says:

        Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh, another Trump nominee, dissented from the decision.

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          Eddie White says:

          All 3 nominated by a Republican President. That was the only reason it was not a 9-0 vote. Unfortunately Stuart is correct in his analysis of the court. The liberal justices seem to stick together. Don’t believe Roe vs Wade will ever be overturned.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      The Supreme Court of modern times is nothing like it was intended to be by our founding fathers. It is simply an affront to democracy to have nine unelected attorneys not subject to removal having that much power over the people of this country.

      Now if we had a functioning Republican Party that actually stood with its constituents it would immediately begin drafting legislation to make it clear that the legislation intended to forbid discrimination based race and sex was not intended to be extended to the those who are so mentally addled that they act in a bizarre manner because they are not in touch with their sexual reality. On the other hand they would also introduce legislation that forbids discrimination in employment based on political speech outside of the place of employment that does not associate the employer with the sentiments expressed. Then again, if they would do that sort of thing they would not be the worthless Chamber of Commerce shills we know them to be. MILLIONS FOR CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES, NOT A PENNY FOR THE WORTHLESS REPUBLICAN PARTY.

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        James White says:

        No , congress should recognize the constitution does not have authority to allow any rulings or laws to restrict PRIVATE businesses from doing things, other than specifically in the constitution, which means it would be left to the States or the people.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          There you go being “other worldly” again. Of course, you are correct, but that ain’t gonna happen. On the other hand, I have assigned Republicans two simple tasks and that ain’t gonna happen either.

      • Ummm, Hagerty is supported by the Republican Party.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          No Phil, that’s why we are going to have a primary to determine who the Republican Party will support.

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    Not Stuart Anderson says:

    Some good need for a change!

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    Donna Locke says:

    The right decision. Finally.

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    Charles says:

    “This decision is a shining light in an otherwise tumultuous climate. “

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    A bright light in a dark Trump world

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    MARLE says:

    We need a Male teacher to apply for a teaching position in Davidson county. After about a month on the job (let’s say, 8th grade) he decides he is in the wrong body so comes to school in a dress and heels but refuses to shave his beard. He has no intentions of any surgery, upper or lower, nor any hormones.

    He just wants to be a hairy, flat chested, adams apple sporting, baritone in heels and a short dress (as hemline fashion today dictates). Isn’t there one socially conservative male interested in making a fortune in a law suit or a very interesting memoir?

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    Paul says:

    What a great decision and quite surprising. This sweeping decision that boils down to a Roe v. Wade of gay rights is written by a Trump appointee — will wonders never cease. Lots of rending of garments and gnashing of teeth out there as all these conservatives and evangelicals realize that morally compromising yourself on the altar of Donald Trump is all for naught in this case. We have seen and will see more atrocious decisions from this court, but for the moment this is pretty sweet justice. It will be interesting indeed to see what the response from the same quarters that are moaning about the constitution, the courts, and injustice is when some favorite conservative hobby horse of a law is overturned or disassembled in the future (the “other” Roe v. Wade anyone?). I suspect the same folks who are so loud in this case will find that complaints about injustice have an expiration date and we’ll be hearing all about “intent” or the founders once again.

    Trump is going to have to get busy quick on Twitter to distract the true believers in his oh-so-faithful base from this one. I’m sure he’s up to the task though. Coming soon, more about TV host murder plots, unfaithful generals, FBI traitors, and much more…..bright shiny object over there, watch it flash. So much winning, I’m sure conservatives are craving more like this one.

    Meanwhile congrats to all LGBT folks who will benefit from this for a long time to come. Per MLK, “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” The battle isn’t over, but what a huge step.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      And like Roe v. Wade, government school forced busing, minority set asides and hiring preferences, this Supreme Court decision will be the cause of endless lawsuits, divisiveness and destructive mayhem. Whenever liberals win the country loses. The left is simply fortunate that it has the feckless, craven Republican Party facing it in opposition.

      For years whenever the American people have been polled asking them about where the country was headed “Right Track/Wrong Track” its almost always results in double digits in favor “Wrong Track.” Well, at least they’ve got that right but thanks to the pathetic pols in the Republican Party they don’t know why and are not likely to find out in time.

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        MARLE says:

        Good thing Mitch McConnell kept the SCOTUS seat vacated by the death of Scalia open so that TRUMP could appoint Gorsuch and help the LGBT community get the vote they wanted. Yep, that SC appointment opportunity provided by a Trump election turned out great.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Gorsuch is Trump’s boy, Roberts is “Uniter” Bush’ s boy. “WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE!” Republicans are good at fulfilling the Chamber’s agenda no more no less. Conservatives have no party in this country so they simply have to concentrate on obtaining one if they want to have any real power in this country.

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            MARLE says:

            do you realize how many people made SCOTUS appointments a KEY variable in their election decisions? But the Left cannot exactly use this to their advantage. What kind of ad can the left run to inform the public (evangelical public in particular) that it was Gorsuch who helped swing this vote. So much for SC appointments be a reason for a Trump vote in Nov.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Sounds great, but the Democrats are so much worse to anyone who is even a tepid conservative. That’s incontrovertibly true! The three “no” votes in this latest Supreme Court fiasco were Republican appointees. How many “no” votes would you get with a thousand Democratic appointees?

            Complaining is OK, it’s part of the democratic process, but it can’t be all we do because there is a difference between the parties. Unfortunately, the difference now is far left vs. centrist/a chilly version of tepid conservative. I am doing what I can to change that.

  • Does the LGBTQX Chamber really exist? What do they do? Who is on it? Is there an appointee by Mayor Cooper? Just wondering if a guy in his basement is the Chamber or a bona fide entity.

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    Charles says:

    The SCOTUS decision denying ability to fire someone for being gay was based only on the word SEX. They decided it was meant to encompass discrimination in the workplace. The decision doesn’t mean that Gorsuch or Roberts have changed their spots. It does show that there is a little hope.

    You might be surprised to learn that the LGBT Chamber represents over 400+ businesses, community groups, and individuals in Nashville and the surrounding area. Many businesses are opposed to discrimination against gays.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      “They decided it was meant to encompass discrimination in the workplace” which is exactly what Gorsuch and Roberts gave the Republican Supreme Court headhunters the impression they wouldn’t do if they ascended to the court. Strict constructionists, which is what Republicans tell the voters are the kinds of people they will appoint to the bench, are supposed to look at the intent of Congress when the law was passed and no one can seriously contend that in the mid twentieth century the law was intended to force employers to employ bizarre behaving mentally addled people. Those two deceiving Justices joined the four unfailingly leftists and simply made it up.

      Now it is a fabulous question as to why Democratic Supreme Court headhunters have been so fabulous for so long in choosing judges who meet their expectations while over the same period the Republicans are so bad. Let me guess. It’s because the Democrats are left of center and they really are serious about afflicting this country with left of center policies while the Republicans are only serious about serving their paymasters in the Chamber of Commerce. Anything above and beyond tax cuts and reducing regulations on businesses is just unenthusiastic blather intended to satisfy the poor boobs who contribute to and vote for Republicans expecting conservative government.

      The impotence of conservatives has been present for a long time as the liberal/left overwhelmingly dominate every facet of our society that determines our culture. That dominance has recently been painted in sharp relief so that there is much good to the bottom line and very little bad that comes with signing up for the latest liberal/left enthusiasm so why not do it says you average corporate manager. Be that as it may, as a conservative with libertarian seasoning I say if you want to employ a bunch of guys who dress like gals and vice versa go to it with my blessing and evangelize for others to do the same. The government, as the great James White so often says in this very forum should “pave the roads.”

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