Supreme Court Meets About the Definition of “Sex”

The United States Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court met Tuesday morning to hear arguments about Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act, specifically whether the term “sex” included gender identity and sexual orientation. At the heart of these arguments were three LGBT-related cases, two of gay men and one of a transgender woman, who believe they were fired from their employment because of their gender/sexual identities. One point that some Supreme Court Justices made is that they believe this issue would be better handled by Congress rather than the Supreme Court. Attorneys for the three cases pointed out that they do not need to “redefine sex” as much as take a closer look at discrimination against LGBT employees. The arguments did not result in a clear decision, but some clarity on where they stand is expected to come around June of 2020, just in time for people to make more decisions about the next Presidential election.