Are a business owner's beliefs negligible?
Who are we without our deeply held beliefs? Ironically the same law, Title VII, people use to justify adding protective rights for gender identity and sexual orientation could in fact strip employers of their religious freedoms, which Title VII also protects.
In a landmark ruling issued on June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court held that an employer who fires or otherwise discriminates against an individual simply for being gay or transgender does so “because of . . . sex,” in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against any individual “because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin". In dissent, Justice Alito made the following statement: “There is only one word for what the Court has done today: legislation.” You can read more about Justice Alito and Justice Kavanaugh dissenting opinions here.
That's not the end of the story though. There are cases that have prevailed in the courts: a Colorado Baker, a Washington State Florist, and a Wisconsin Photographer to name some. You can learn more about each of their stories by clicking on their occupation.
It's stories like these the highlight the importance of opposing LB670.