Source: WFMY

The United States Supreme Court decided in a 6-3 decision that the Civil Rights-era federal anti-bias law protects LGBTQ citizens from discrimination, CNN reported. The decision cemented protections for millions of Americans. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

The majority opinion said:

“An individual’s homosexuality or transgender status is not relevant to employment decisions. That’s because it is impossible to discriminate against a person for being homosexual or transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex.”

Governor Cooper applauded the decision and declared June as Pride month in North Carolina with an official proclamation. 

Cooper announced that, “Pride Month is a time to both celebrate progress and increase our efforts in LGBTQ equality. The U.S. Supreme Court got it right prohibiting LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace. Now comes the hard work of turning these legal protections into a reality of equality.” 

Read the full history of Pride Month and Governor Cooper’s declaration from WFMY.