Former President Barack Obama on Monday, June 15, reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision to add “gender identity” to the 1964 law against sexual discrimination.
“Today reminds us that progress might be slow. It might take decades. But no matter what things might look like today, it’s always possible. Happy Pride month, everybody,” Obama tweeted out with a photo depicting rainbow colors cast over the White House following the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling that legalized gay marriage, according to The Hill.
Today reminds us that progress might be slow. It might take decades. But no matter what things might look like today, it’s always possible. Happy Pride month, everybody. pic.twitter.com/ey7p2TgEEf
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 16, 2020
Obama’s comments came after the Supreme Court released its decision that bars managers from rejecting people who present themselves as gay or transgender.
“Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the opinion for the court. “The answer is clear. An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex.”
“Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids,” he said.
Both Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden opposed same-sex marriage in 2008 but then changed their position before the 2012 election.
Joe Biden in 2008 on if he supports gay marriage: “No. Barack Obama, nor I, support redefining from a civil side what constitutes marriage. We do not support that” pic.twitter.com/joydfVFSRg
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 15, 2020
“I had already made a decision that we were going to probably take this position before the election and before the convention,” Obama said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in May 2012.
President Donald Trump in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling said “we live with” it.
“They’ve ruled. I’ve read the decision and some people were surprised, but they’ve ruled, and we live with their decision. That’s what it’s all about. We live with the decision of the Supreme Court. Very powerful, a very powerful decision, actually.”
Meanwhile, Rev. Franklin Graham, the Christian leader, condemned the Supreme Court’s decision, saying that the court overstepped its authority by “making law” and its ruling “erodes religious freedoms across this country.”
“People of sincere faith who stand on God’s Word as their foundation for life should never be forced by the government to compromise their religious beliefs,” he wrote.
“The Supreme Court does not override and will never overturn the Word of God,” Graham added. “One day we will all have to stand before God, the Righteous Judge, whose decisions are not based on politics or the whims of culture. His laws are true and are the same yesterday, today, and forever.”