Maureen Collins on Supreme Court Ruling on Workplace Protections for LGBT Employees Will Have Disastrous Effects on Women

The United States Supreme Court issued a decision Monday that could not only affect Americans who simply want to rely on the law as it is written, but the fair treatment of women and girls.

In deciding R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Zarda v. Altitude Express, and Bostock v. Clayton County, the Supreme Court ruled that “sex” in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

The legislators who wrote the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s certainly did not intend for “sex” to mean anything other than the condition of being either male or female. And courts have read the law in this way for over half a century. The Supreme Court’s decision circumvents our constitutional order, where Congress creates laws and the executive branch enforces them by allowing the executive branch to rewrite laws. As Justice Samuel Alito explained in dissent, “There is only one word for what the Court has done today: legislation.”

The court’s decision in Harris Funeral Homes could be especially devastating to the fair treatment of women and girls.

This case began all the way back in 2013 when a male employee of Harris Funeral Homes, a five-generation family business in Michigan, expressed an intent to begin dressing as a woman at work in violation of the funeral home’s sex-specific dress code. After careful consideration of his other employees and his clients, the funeral home’s owner, Tom Rost, made the decision to part ways with this employee.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Maureen Collins