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Local LGBTQ+ Community Members discuss recent Supreme Court cases

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Three United States Supreme Court Cases could impact the local LGBTQ+ community.

On Tuesday the Supreme Court began considering a ruling in three cases specifically dealing with whether or not the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prevents discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

The 1964 act initially protected men and women from getting fired or denied employment due to their gender. Recently, it comes into question whether or not people who identify with a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth or people in same-sex relationships should be afforded the same protection under that clause.

La Crosse people in the LGBTQ+ community said everyone should be able to express who they are without fear of getting fired.

“You could go on Saturday and get married,” The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection Executive Director Alesha Schandelmeier said. “Then you could come in on Monday and say, ‘Hey I want to add my wife to my health insurance,’ and as a lesbian, you could be fired just based on who you love.”

Some individual states already have laws in place protecting LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in the workplace and some do not.

A United States Supreme Court decision is expected by next June.

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