The U.S. Supreme Court ruled it illegal to fire someone from their job for being gay or transgender on Monday.The case has a Michigan component, as one of the plaintiffs was the late Aimee Stephens, who was fired from her job at a Detroit funeral home when she told her employer that she was transitioning back in 2012. WDIV tells her story Supreme Court rules LGBT workers are protected under the civil rights act.
Justices rule LGBT people protected from job discrimination
As much as this decision extended equal protection under the law, there is still more progress to be made for LGBT rights, which Fox 47 News reported in Michigan advocacy groups weigh in on landmark Supreme Court Case.
Monday's Supreme Court ruling is being hailed as a landmark victory for the LGBTQ community in the middle of pride month, but Michigan advocacy groups say there's much more work to be done.WOOD-TV had more of Attorney General Nessel's comments in Nessel: SCOTUS ruling on LGBTQ protections 'a narrow victory'.
Gender identity and sexual orientation are still not protected classes under Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.Nessel should know about advancing LGBT equality; she was the attorney I quoted in U.S. Supreme Court to hear Michigan marriage equality case, which became part of Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that legalized marriage equality. Once again, Michigan was part of a case that advanced equal rights for LGBTQ Americans.