A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin, also covers homosexuality.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, which handles cases in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin, decided 8-3 that discrimination on the basis of “sex” also means discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation.”
The ruling is significant because it recognizes special protections for LGBTQ status in existing law, making gay activists’ attempts to create LGBTQ anti-discrimination laws unnecessary.
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WFA president Julaine Appling responds, “Once again a court pits religious freedom against so-called civil rights with this outlandish decision based not on law but on personal agendas incited by powerful outside forces. I hope this is a wake-up call for those who think this last election took care of such issues. Federal courts that are filled with judicial activist judges are the battleground.”