The Justice Department decided, through a legal brief, to oppose civil right laws protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination based on sexual orientation.
It all started with the case of Donald Zarda who sues his employer Altitude Express who would have fired him because he is gay. His case is at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Justice Department intervened in this discrimination case with a brief stating that the 1964 Civil Rights Act does not protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
You can read in this brief that "the essential element of sex discrimination under [civil rights law] Title VII is that employees of one sex must be treated worse than similarly situated employees of the other sex, and sexual orientation discrimination simply does not have that effect.
"Congress has made clear through its actions and inactions in this area that Title VII’s prohibition of sex discrimination does not encompass sexual orientation discrimination.
"This Court [the second circuit court of appeals] should reaffirm its precedent holding that Title VII does not prohibit discrimination because of sexual orientation."
If the court confirms this opinion by delivering a verdict in favor of discrimination, this could have an extremely negative impact throughout the United States.