Ky. LGBTQ activists nervous about SCOTUS hearing LGBTQ cases

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Supreme Court of the United States, SCOTUS, began hearings for three LGBTQ cases Tuesday.

The cases deal with the definition of “sex” and if it protects people from the LGBTQ community from job discrimination.

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Right now, there isn’t a federal law specifically protecting people who identify as LGBTQ from job discrimination.

In Kentucky, 14 local governments have taken it upon themselves to do so with Fairness Ordinances.

Danny Woolums is a Kentucky native who identifies as gay.

He has been active in helping push for local Fairness Ordinances. He said having LGBTQ rights in front of SCOTUS is exciting for the LGBTQ community, but Woolums is worried about the future of Fairness Ordinances should federal powers overrule.

“I’m very nervous about the cases in the Supreme Court right now,” Woolums said. “We’ve seen the way the court has worked in the past and how sometimes it can overturn these protections.”

Family Foundations Executive Director Kent Ostrander said SCOTUS shouldn’t rule in favor of the LGBTQ community, but not because he’s against the LGBTQ community.

He said it’s more about interpreting past law and recognizes the powers of the court.

“I would hope that the court would fall back on what was passed back in 1964 and just keep “sex,” as “sex,” not redefine it,” he said. “And if there should be a change, let the congress do it or let the state legislators do it.”

Tuesday Meadows is a transgender woman and activist. She said she hopes people realize this doesn’t have to be a political battle.

“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue, this is a fair issue,” Meadows said.

She said America is a place where equality can exist.

“I think we’re about fairness, I think we’re about people being equal.” Meadows said. “But, I think we’ve gotten away from that.”

SCOTUS is scheduled to release its ruling next year.

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