The decision by the U.S. Justice Department to argue that gay people aren’t legally protected from discrimination in the workplace is wrong both legally and morally, argues Ría Tabacco Mar in The New York Times. Just like people can no longer be fired for having black partners or sexual harassment being illegal, LGBT work rights aren’t referred to directly, but are a legal right anyway. The Justice Department should have used this opportunity to defend LGBT rights, or at the very least remain neutral while a federal appeals court decides. By arguing against protecting LGBT rights in the workplace, it is jeopardizing the fundamental rights of gay Americans.
The U.S. Justice Department is correct in acknowledging that the 1964 Civil Rights Act doesn’t mention the protection of LGBT people in the workplace, asserts Danny Cevallos of CNN. While some may disagree with this decision, its reasoning is solid: LGBT and gay people simply aren’t mentioned in the legal framework. It is not motivated by bigoted sentiments but by pure logic. Instead of letting unelected judges make such a significant decision, the Justice Department sought to impose its authority. Perhaps this action will result in legislation that directly refers to and protects the rights of the LGBT community, especially in the workplace.