Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Department of Justice Is Going Against Legal Precedents

When the DOJ under President Obama ruled that Title VII and IX protected gender identity and expression based their ruling on a number of court cases that had ruled that it did cover us, including Supreme Court cases.

But now the DOJ is tossing out all of the legal precedents and is moving forward solely on bigotry.
DOJ Set to Reject LGBT Workplace Protections Under Title VII: Sources
By Chris Johnson Washington Blade
July 25, 2017

The U.S. Justice Department under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to file a brief undermining efforts to ensure LGBT people are protected from discrimination under current federal civil rights law, according to two outside sources familiar with the effort.
Although LGBT groups -- and a growing number of courts -- are taking the view the prohibition on sex discrimination in employment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also bars discrimination against LGBT people, sources say the Justice Department will file a brief in an employment discrimination case before the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals opposing that view.
"This would be a gratuitous and extraordinary attack on LGBT people's civil rights," Esseks said. "DOJ would be reaching out to offer its opinion on these issues, since they are not a party to this case. That's not championing LGBT people, it's working affirmatively to expose us to discrimination. But fortunately, whether the Civil Rights Act protects LGBT people is ultimately a question for the courts to resolve, and not for the attorney general. We are confident that the courts will come to the right decision here."
Such a brief would reverse a position under former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder asserting discrimination on the basis of gender identity is prohibited under Title VII. In a 2014 memo, Holder wrote the Justice Department will no longer assert Title VII's prohibition on gender discrimination "does not encompass gender identity per se (including transgender discrimination)."
“Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”

Or in the Republicans case… “Damn the law, full speed ahead!”

The Republicans don’t care about laws or public opinion they are on a holy war to bring back oppression to force us back into the closet and to criminalize us. They want to bring back the fifties and Lavender scare.
Beginning in the late 1940s and continuing through the 1960s, thousands of gay employees were fired or forced to resign from the federal workforce because of their sexuality. Dubbed the Lavender Scare, this wave of repression was also bound up with anti-Communism and fueled by the power of congressional investigation.
For the Republicans they see “LGBT” as homosexuals and as the scourge of western civilization.

Okay by now you have heard about Trump's decree. We are finding support the we never thought we had, Senator Hatch (R Utah)
Hatch: 'Transgender people are people'
The Hill
07/26/17 11:03 AM EDT

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Wednesday said the U.S. should not "be discriminating against anyone" in response to President Trump’s announcement that he will ban all transgender people from serving in the military.

“I don’t think we should be discriminating against anyone. Transgender people are people, and deserve the best we can do for them," the senator said in a statement.

"I look forward to getting much more information and clarity from our military leaders about the policy the President tweeted today.”

A little earlier, Hatch said he stands with transgender individuals in his state in response to a tweet from a grassroots group in Utah that opposes the president.  

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