Dignity and respect for LGBTQ Oklahomans are on the line at the Supreme Court

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Dignity and respect for LGBTQ Oklahomans are on the line at the Supreme Court

On October 8 the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three cases about LGBTQ employment discrimination that will determine if federal law protects LGBTQ people.  

This is a pivotal moment for our community. The Court must affirm that all LGBTQ people should be able to work hard and support themselves and their families without fear of discrimination at work—protections that LGBTQ people living and working across our state desperately need.  

But no matter how the Court rules, our work won’t be done. Federal law still won’t prohibit discrimination in critical areas, such as in public places like restaurants or shops. 

Clearly, the current patchwork of protections across the country and across our state is unfair and unworkable. Millions of LGBTQ Americans and Oklahomans are vulnerable to discrimination every day because we lack express and enduring protections.

That’s why it’s so critical that the Supreme Court affirm protections for LGBTQ people across the nation, AND that Congress must pass the Equality Act to ensure protections for LGBTQ people in all areas of life. 

Because the ability to be treated with dignity and respect should never depend on who you are, who you love, or what zip code you call home.