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Quigley Statement on Landmark SCOTUS Decision

Jun 15, 2020
Press Release
SCOTUS rules that employers cannot discriminate against LGBTQ Americans

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement after the Supreme Court announced their decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination:

“Today, the Supreme Court chose equality over bigotry. This decision marks a historic victory for LGBTQ rights activists across the country and a momentous step forward in the fight to ensure that all Americans are treated fairly.

“While this success is deserving of celebration, the fight is not over. LGBTQ Americans can still be discriminated against in housing and education and trans women of color face disproportionately high rates of homelessness, sexual violence, and murder. House Democrats have passed the Equality Act for exactly this reason. Unfortunately, Mitch McConnell has failed to bring this historic legislation to the floor for a vote in the Senate.

“To LGBTQ Illinoisans and the LGBTQ community across the country – congratulations on this tremendous achievement. I stand with you in the ongoing fight and I won’t rest until no one faces bigotry based on who they love or how they identify."