On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States expanded the interpretation of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. Millions of LGBT people will no longer live in fear of being fired by their employer for their sexual orientation or gender identity. What a wonderful day for liberty and equality!
Of course, religious conservatives such as evangelical Franklin Graham are outraged! “How could Trump-appointed Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch (and Republican appointed Chief Justice Roberts) betray them by joining with the four liberal justices to elevate sinful homosexual orientation to the same status as race and gender (sex)?”
Cue the wailing and gnashing of teeth!
Religious conservatives were certain that with two Trump appointments to the Court, their conservative, bigoted, social agenda was safe from further erosion from liberal judges and courts. They miscalculated!
I was always curious about Neil Gorsuch for one reason: He is an Episcopalian. Why would a conservative judge remain a member of such a notoriously liberal denomination? I think Trump and his Religious Right supporters made a big mistake in selecting Gorsuch if their goal was to put a staunch anti-gay, anti-abortion Supreme Court justice on the Court. Any conservative willing to remain a member of such a very liberal denomination has some liberal sympathies lurking somewhere in his “soul”.
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