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ACLU Of Maine Attorney Says LGBTQ Ruling Shows Supreme Court 'Has Finally Caught Up'

The U.S. Supreme Court today expanded anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people, which is seen as a resounding victory for LGBTQ rights from a conservative court.

“What it shows is that the court has finally caught up to the majority of people in our state and in our country who already know that its wrong and unfair to discriminate against LGBTQ people because of who they are,” says Emma Bond, a staff attorney for the ACLU of Maine.

The court decided by a 6-3 vote Monday that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 known as Title VII that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against gay, lesbian and transgender workers. The majority opinion was written by conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch.