Murkowski: Supreme Court's LGBTQ ruling 'long overdue'

Murkowski: Supreme Court's LGBTQ ruling 'long overdue'
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Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire Hillicon Valley: Facebook removes Trump post | TikTok gets competitor | Lawmakers raise grid safety concerns MORE (R-Alaska) on Monday praised a landmark Supreme Court decision finding that workers can’t be fired for being gay or transgender.

The court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which forbids discrimination on the basis of "sex," applies to gay and transgender people.

Murkowski, one of the caucus’s most moderate members, said on Monday that she was “pleased” with the decision.

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“People should not live in fear of being discriminated against or losing their job because of their LGBTQ status. ... This is long overdue, and is significant progress as we seek to protect and uphold the rights and equality of all Americans,” she said in a statement.

Justice Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchBiden needs to bring religious Americans into the Democratic fold McConnell has 17-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll Kavanaugh urged Supreme Court to avoid decisions on Trump finances, abortion: report MORE, who was nominated by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE and confirmed in 2017, wrote for the majority that when an employer “fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender [that employer] fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex.”

“Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids,” he added. 

GOP lawmakers have largely stayed silent on the ruling, which came as senators prepared to return to Washington, D.C., for the week. 

But Gorsuch’s opinion has appeared to shock and rankle some conservative court watchers. 

Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino said the decision is the “hijacking of textualism.” 

“Justice Scalia would be disappointed that his successor has bungled textualism so badly today, for the sake of appealing to college campuses and editorial boards,” she said in a statement.