Taylor Swift and More Celebs React to Supreme Court Ruling Protecting LGBTQ+ Workers From Job Discrimination
On Monday (June 15), the U.S. Supreme Court issued a historic ruling officially protecting LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination.
In a 6-3 vote, the court made it possible for the LGBTQ community to be protected under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, meaning it is now illegal for an employer to fire a worker based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The ruling is a huge moment for LGBTQ rights in the United States. It’s even bigger than when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015 since not every single person will decide to get married, but everyone will need to work in their lifetime.
“YES!! Thank you to the Supreme Court Justices who voted in favor and all the advocates who have fought so hard for this! We still have a long way to go to reach equality, but this is a beautiful step forward,” Swift wrote on Twitter.
YES!! Thank you to the Supreme Court Justices who voted in favor and all the advocates who have fought so hard for this! We still have a long way to go to reach equality, but this is a beautiful step forward. ❤️ https://t.co/zTd3i5P2TL
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 15, 2020
“This is just incredible news! A bright spot in a dark time,” the This Is Us actress tweeted.
“We have won at the Supreme Court of the United States,” the Orange Is the New Black star said while tearing up on Instagram. “It’s very emotional. We won at the Supreme Court. I can’t even believe it. I’m overwhelmed. A six-three decision stating that it is illegal to fire someone for being LGBTQ in the United States of America.”
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A 6-3 decision at the Supreme Court today saying it is sex discrimination to fire someone #LGBTQI+ from their job for being who they are. Thank you #AimeeStephens Thank you #geraldbostock Thank you #Donzarda #TransIsBeautiful Thank you @aclu_nationwide Thank you @chasestrangio
As for DeGeneres, she simply called the ruling “historic.”
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 15, 2020
See more celebrity reactions, below:
Today the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which banned employee discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, also protects LGBTQ employees from workplace discrimination! ❤️
— Karlie Kloss (@karliekloss) June 15, 2020
It’s Pride month, anyway! Lockdown or no lockdown, I salute the pioneers whose activism made life easier, although not perfect, by any means, for millions of LGBTQ people around the world.
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) June 15, 2020
The world is only getting browner and gayer, so you better hop aboard, or you’re going to miss the bus. Even a conservative Supreme Court got on the bus. What a great day for America. Woo hoo!!!
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) June 15, 2020
.@Lavernecox: "It's important for folks to remember just b/c public policy changes, it doesn't mean the heart and minds of Americans change. Every one of us has to do the work-to interrogate the ways we internalize racism & a culture that hurts lives of black people." #AMRstaff
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) June 15, 2020
I constantly bemoan this Supreme Court and their history of heartbreakingly awful decisions, but one must give credit where credit is due. God bless everyone on this court who did the right thing in protecting ALL Americans from discrimination and shame on those who did not. https://t.co/xYYASELSOt
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 15, 2020
Great win for the LGBT community in the Supreme Court. Be aware that Susan Collins fave Brett Kavanaugh voted agains.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 15, 2020
HUGE VICTORY FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS!!!
Happy Pride Everybody — the Supreme Court has decided LGBTQ people can sue for workplace bias.️⚖️
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) June 15, 2020
— Michael Urie (@michaelurie) June 15, 2020
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) June 15, 2020
Fuck yes Supreme Court ️
— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) June 15, 2020
BREAKING GOOD NEWS! ️
The Supreme Court says "an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII."#SCOTUS gives 6-3 decision that federal law bars workplace discrimination against #LGBTQ people! ️♥️⚖️ https://t.co/X0LnwCUUgs
— Piper Perabo #StayHome (@PiperPerabo) June 15, 2020
— Ben Platt (@BenSPLATT) June 15, 2020
ok THIS is LEGITIMATELY GREAT news! THANK GOD! https://t.co/uZg6qzPgBo
— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) June 15, 2020
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 15, 2020