Portland, OR—Governor Kate Brown issued the following statement today on the U.S. Supreme Court decision protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) workers from discrimination:
"Today, in a landmark 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court took significant action to protect LGBTQ workers from discrimination. Many individuals have feared getting fired simply because of who they are or who they love. Today's decision marks a historic and necessary change to ensure equality and inclusion for all workers.
"This Supreme Court decision allows the rest of the nation to enjoy the same employment protections Oregonians have celebrated for years. We still have more work to do to ensure equality is reflected in our laws, courtrooms, and constitutions, but this victory is a historic moment in our nation's history.
"Today's victory comes just days after the Trump administration reversed health protections for transgender and non-binary people. The administration's decision was a reckless and heartless move to take away protections from vulnerable people during a global pandemic. Let me be clear: These attacks on transgender and non-binary people are wrong. They have no place in our nation. Here in Oregon, regardless of the Trump administration's actions, we will protect health care for the LGBTQ community."