FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from the Vermont Democratic Party Monday, June 15, 2020 CONTACT: RCDiMezzo@vtdemocrats.org
Vermont Democratic Party Statement on Historic Supreme Court Ruling
MONTPELIER, VT -- Today’s United States Supreme Court ruling is a major step forward in the fight for equality and opportunity for LGBTQ+ people -- and for all Americans.
The Vermont Democratic Party celebrates this historic step expanding employment discrimination protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include both sexual orientation and gender identity.
“As a gay man who has been organizing for equal rights for decades, it is especially fitting that it comes during June, when we observe Pride and the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall uprising,” said Vermont Democratic Party Chair Terje Anderson. “We can be proud that Vermont has long been a leader in legal equality for LGBTQ+ people. Now, job protections no longer depend on what state someone lives in.”
“But, important as this ruling is, there is still much work to be done – discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in housing, in public accommodation, in health care, in education, in financial matters remains legal in much of the country,” continued Anderson. “This step forward for LGBTQ+ Americans coming at a time when the country is wrestling with continuing racial inequality reminds us that the struggle for human rights is on-going. We can never stop working together to create a state and a country where the dignity and civil rights of every person are protected.”