PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - November 23, 2020 


The holiday forecast calls for fewer cars on the road for Thanksgiving; dealing with racial impact of cap and trade.


2020Talks - November 23, 2020 


Trump campaign is running out of legal options as more states certify. *2020Talks will not be released 11/26 & 11/27*

Supreme Court Ruling Called Huge Victory for LGBT Rights

The Supreme Court ruled that firing a person for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is discrimination based on sex. (renaschild/Adobe Stock)
The Supreme Court ruled that firing a person for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is discrimination based on sex. (renaschild/Adobe Stock)
June 16, 2020

NEW YORK -- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers are protected from employment discrimination by federal law. Monday's 6-3 ruling found that firing an employee for being gay or transgender violates Title 7 of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

According to Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, senior attorney with Lambda Legal, the decision, written by conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, illustrates how the plain meaning of the law which bans discrimination based on sex clearly includes discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender status.

"It is really one that is faithful to the text, a roadmap that we laid out for the courts over the years, and we're ecstatic at this decision," Gonzalez-Pagan said.

The dissenting justices, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh, held that Title 7 only applies to discrimination based on gender, not sexual orientation or gender identity.

Gonzalez-Pagan said the ruling will have implications for how other laws are interpreted. That includes last Friday's announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services that it will reverse a rule prohibiting discrimination against transgender people in health care.

"We have the backup of the Supreme Court for our argument that that rule is not rooted in the law," he said. "And now it will be that much easier for us to get that rule overturned."

Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union have announced they will be challenging the new HHS rule in court as soon as it is published, which is scheduled for this Friday.

Gonzalez-Pagan noted two of the plaintiffs in the lawsuits covered by the Supreme Court ruling - Donald Zarda, a gay man fired from a skydiving school, and Aimee Stephens, a transgender woman fired from a funeral home - died before Monday's ruling was handed down.

"Justice delayed is justice denied," he said. "But at least today their sacrifice will help protect many, many, many, many people from discrimination moving forward."

The Trump administration had sided with the employers in the court cases.

Andrea Sears, Public News Service - NY