Supreme Court Begins New Term With Cases About Employment Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation


MIAMI-DADE FIRE RESCUE CALLED IN TO HELICOPTERS TO HELP REACH THE VICTIMS OF PASSING AIRBOAT GOT THERE FIRST AND HELP ONE OF THE MEN OUT OF THE PLANE. BOTH ARE EXPECTED TO RECOVER. THE U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICES RETURN TO THE BENCH THIS WEEK FOR WHAT IS BEING CALLED A JAMPACKED TERM FILLED WITH HOT BUTTON ISSUES. CASES ON ABORTION AND GUNS AND IMMIGRATION AND RIGHTS. THEY RAISE THE ISSUE OF WHETHER EMPLOYMENT LAW BARS DISSEMINATION BASED ON SEX AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION. NATALIE BRAND HAS MORE FROM WASHINGTON DC. I DIDN’T ASK FOR ANY OF THIS. HIS LEGAL BATTLE STARTED 6 YEARS AGO ON TUESDAY, HE TAKES HIS FIGHT TO THE NATION’S HIGHEST COURT. HE WAS A CHILD WELFARE COORDINATOR FOR CLAYTON COUNTY GEORGIA AND HE SAYS HE LOST THE DREAM JOB THAT HE HELD FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS. SHORTLY AFTER HE JOINED A SOFTBALL LEAGUE. I WAS FIRED FOR BEING GAY AND I LOST MY MEDICAL INSURANCE AT A TIME WHEN I WAS BATTLING PROSTATE CANCER. AND ATTORNEY SAID HIS SEXUAL ORIENTATION HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS TERMINATION, SAYING HE WAS LET GO AFTER A FINANCIAL AUDIT. FOR CLAYTON COUNTY TO SUGGEST AND ALLEGE THAT I DID ANYTHING WRONG IS ABSOLUTELY OFFENSIVE AND HURTFUL. SUPREME COURT JUSTICES WILL HEAR HIS CASE ALONG WITH TWO OTHERS, ONE INVOLVES A SKYDIVING INSTRUCTOR IN NEW YORK AND THE OTHER A TRANSGENDER WOMAN WHO WAS FIRED FROM A MICHIGAN FUNERAL HOME. ULTIMATELY, JUSTICES WILL WEIGH IN ON WHETHER TITLE 7 OF THE 1964 CIVIL RIGHTS ACT EXTENDS WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS TO MEMBERS OF THE LGBT Q COMMUNITY. TITLE 7 HAS BEEN UNDERSTOOD FOR MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY AS PROTECTING WOMEN FROM BEING DISFAVORED COMPARED TO MEN BECAUSE OF THEIR SEX AND VICE VERSA. IT DOESN’T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT ANY OTHER CLASSIFICATIONS. JOHN BIRCH OF THE ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM WILL BE ARGUING TUESDAY ON BEHALF OF ONE OF THE BUSINESS OWNERS. HE SAYS IT IS UP TO CONGRESS TO SPECIFY OR REDEFINE THE LAW. MORE THAN 20 STATES HAVE THEIR OWN LAWS BARRING DISSEMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION, BUT GEORGIA IS NOT ONE OF THEM. I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO MOVE BECAUSE OF WHO I AM, HOW I IDENTIFY, AND WHO I LOVE. HE SAYS HE IS NOW FIGHTING FOR THE MANY OTHERS WHO MAY BE

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  1. Joshua Wilson says:

    John Bursch got his ass beat last time when he argued against gay marriage at the Supreme Court. Should have gotten a better lawyer.

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