Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights law bans discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, and sex. The 7th Circuit federal appeals court ruled that the category of “sex” includes sexual orientation. This would mean that any kind of discrimination against LGBT folks is illegal.
The ruling only applied to the 7th Circuit Court’s jurisdiction: Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. That restriction isn’t made clear in all of the news reports I have read. But it sets up the issue for resolution by the Supreme Court.
Traditional thinking considers homosexuality in moral terms, rather than as an “identity.” This ruling, if upheld, would bring the law down on the side of “identity,” something the culture has seemingly already done.
Where does that leave the moral traditionalists, including most conservative Christians? (My discussion continues, with a report on the ruling, after the jump.) [Read more…]