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Civil Rights Act Should Not be a License to Discriminate

Two recent cases citing the lack of LGBTQ protections in the Civil Rights Act are the exact reason why a federal nondiscrimination bill is so necessary for the well-being of all Americans.

In Indiana, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion on Lively v. Ivy Tech Community College that Title VII does not apply to claims of sexual orientation discrimination. The Court did, however, say that its decision “seems illogical” because the US Supreme Court has provided Title VII protections under claims of gender “stereotyping” or “nonconformity.” Read more here:

In Michigan, the district court ruled that it is legal for a conservative Christian funeral home to fire a transgender employee because the person wants to “dress like a woman,” citing Title VII as well. Read more here:

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