Last week, a federal court in Chicago expanded the definition of "sex discrimination," ruling for the first time that federal civil rights protections extended to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans in the workplace.
In an article published on their website, the Christian Science Monitor discussed the landmark ruling and the reaction of prominent conservative Senator J. Stuart Adams of Utah. Adams, an originalist, has also unexpectedly become one of the more vocal Republican advocates for expanding civil rights protections for LGBT citizens. He worked with Professor Robin Wilson on the legislation that has become known as the "Utah Compromise," and continues to work with her and legislators of other states on crafting antidiscrimination laws with appropriate religious exemptions and allowances.
Wilson commented on her work with Adams.
"If you go just by court decisions, or attempt to resolve those issues without changing the relative protections for all people who live in that community," she says, "the incentive for state legislators to stick their necks out and try to find a way for everybody to live together peacefully has gone down dramatically."
Full article on CSMonitor.com