The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that the 1964 Civil Rights Act also protects LGBT employees from workplace discrimination.
Until now, this act didn't apply to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, but only on race, religion, national origin or sex.
We owe this victory to Kimberly Hively who sued the Ivy Tech Community College after it did not hire her full-time because of her sexual orientation.
Last July, the Court of Appeals, composed of three judges, had ruled in favor of the Ivy Tech Community College but had ordered that Kimberly's case should be reheard by the full court of eleven judges.
This new hearing, which took place at the beginning of April, resulted in a victory. Eight out of the eleven judges had been appointed by Republican presidents.
However, Kimberly's case could still go to the Supreme Court of the United States, even if the Congress won't amend the Act as controlled by Republicans.
Nevertheless, know that this creates a legal precedent in a federal court.
It's also a pleasure to see how virulent the judges have responded to lawyers opposed to Kimberley as reported by The Time:
Judge Richard Posner asked the attorney for the community college, John Maley: "Who will be hurt if gays and lesbians have a little more job protection?"
When Maley said he couldn't think of anyone who would be harmed, Posner shot back, "So, what's the big deal?"