Judge rules that 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay people from discrimination.
However, in a landmark ruling this week, a federal judge in Pittsburgh agreed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in affirming that the protected characteristic of sex logically includes sexual orientation.
In her ruling, Judge Cathy Bissoon wrote: “There is no more obvious form of sex stereotyping than making a determination that a person should conform to heterosexuality.”
“As the EEOC states, ‘[d]iscriminating against a person because of the sex of that person’s romantic partner necessarily involves stereotypes about ‘proper’ roles in sexual relationships – that men are and should only be sexually attracted to women, not men’.
The case is now likely to end up in the Supreme Court, and based on other rulings in favor of people attracted to the same or multiple genders recently, it's likely that we'll have a nation-wide ruling that no employers can discriminate against people based on sexual orientation. That's a huge deal because in a lot of states, that shit is still legal.
Way to go, Judge Cathy Bissoon. You have a funny last name.