The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday expanding LGBT employment protections. The measure passed with a 6-3 vote. The court ruled that a provision in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that bars job discrimination because of sex applies to LGBT workers. Conservative justices Neil Gorsuch and John Roberts joined the liberal justices in the majority. Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, and Clarence Thomas dissented.
In a dissenting opinion, Alito wrote that the provision, known as Title VII, should not apply to the LGBT community. He claims sex is different from sexual orientation or gender identity.
This is the first major LGBT case since Brett Kavanaugh took over the seat left vacant by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired in 2018. Kennedy was the author of the 2015 ruling that made same-sex marriage legal in the U.S.