The opinion goes on to add:
We conclude that a government agent violates the Equal Protection Clause's prohibition on sex-based discrimination when he or she fires a transgender or transsexual employee because of his or her gender non-conformity.
The court could not have been more clear: It is unfair and illegal to fire transgender employees because their appearance or behavior transgress gender stereotypes. Employers should take note of this important ruling.
--Greg Nevins, Supervising Senior Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal's Southern Regional Office in Atlanta
That's a ruling that is certain to snag the undies of some of our detractors. We already have some of them declaring that treating us equally is absurd.
Case in point: a Macy's employee in San Antonio was fired for failing to conform with Macy's anti-discrimination policy. Natalie Johnson objected when a transwoman used a fitting room reserved for women. Johnson believes that she was wrongly terminated because of her religious beliefs, although it is very hard to make the case that discrimination against transpeople is a religious belief since we are not mentioned anywhere in the Bible, outside of the stories of eunuchs, specifically the Ethiopian Eunuch (Matthew 26-40), which is a story that in pro-eunuch, not anti.
Be that as it may, Johnson has gained the backing of the Liberty Council in her fight against the store policy.
Macy’s does not comment on personnel matters. At Macy’s we recognize and appreciate the diversity of our customers and associates.
--Melissa Goff, Macy's regional spokesperson
Macy’s has essentially opened women’s dressing rooms to every man.
--Mathew Staver, Liberty Council founder
I personally don't believe in transgenders. These are just people that are mentally confused.
Of course, if I were to proclaim, "I personally don't believe in Christians. These are just people who are trying to change a fictional book into reality," then I would be labeled a bigot. Ms. Johnson apparently gets a pass on that from too many quarters.
We have to begin to ask ourselves, are we really doing this because we are afraid or are we just practicing hate because that's what we were taught?
A quote from Secretary Clinton seems appropriate here.
Universal human rights include freedom of expression and freedom of belief, even if our words or beliefs denigrate the humanity of others. Yet, while we are each free to believe whatever we choose, we cannot do whatever we choose, not in a world where we protect the human rights of all.
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