Civil Rights Act Protects Gay Workers, Court Rules

Matthew Haag and Niraj Chokshi – The New York Times:

In a significant victory for gay rights, a federal appeals court in Chicago ruled Tuesday that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay workers from job discrimination, expanding workplace protections in the landmark law to include sexual orientation.

The decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the highest federal court yet to grant such employment protections, raises the chances that the politically charged issue may ultimately be resolved by the Supreme Court. While an appeal is not expected in this case, another appellate court, in Georgia, last month reached the opposite conclusion, saying that the law does not prohibit discrimination at work for gay employees.

That’s rather a huge and consequential decision. Given the degree of public interest and a contradictory ruling by another appellate court, this one is all but certainly headed for the Supreme Court.

Sure wish we had an odd number of justices, there.

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