WASHINGTON — Today, the Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia that Title VII’s prohibition of sex discrimination in employment also outlaws discrimination based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”
In response, Terry Schilling, executive director of American Principles Project, released the following statement slamming the ruling:
Judicial activism wins again. That is the only way to describe the Supreme Court’s terrible decision today. For decades, going back at least to Roe v. Wade, the Court has often seized from Congress the power to make law rather than sticking to its Constitutional duty to interpret it. Unfortunately, today’s ruling may represent its most reckless power grab yet.
While the Court majority may claim that its decision today only applies to employment decisions, the reality is that it will have a monumental effect on all of American society. Will women’s sports leagues now have to admit any male athlete who identifies as a female? Will private spaces for women — such as bathrooms, locker rooms, and even battered women’s shelters — now be found to violate federal law as well? All these issues and more are now up for grabs.
Civil rights laws prohibiting sex discrimination were intended to protect women. Now, the Supreme Court in its arrogance has put those hard-won protections at risk. Congress must find its backbone, take back its legislative authority stolen by the Court, and act to ensure the rights of future generations of Americans — and particularly women — are secured from the consequences of this horrendous decision.
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