When Donald Trump's Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys submitted briefs to the Supreme Court in opposition to civil rights for LGBTQ+ people, they didn't do it alone. They were joined by nearly 50 members of Congress who submitted their own brief, arguing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 shouldn't cover sexual orientation and gender identity. The federal civil rights legislation extends employment protections on the basis of characteristics like race, color, national origin, religion, and sex.
In an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court this week, 48 lawmakers -- eight Senators and 40 members of the House of Representatives -- claim that extending job protections to LGBTQ+ workers could have "potentially far-reaching consequences."
"Some of the potential effects include collateral impacts on businesses and imposition on matters of conscience," the GOP lawmakers say. "The rights of those who claim protections for sexual orientation and gender identity must be weighed against First Amendment protections of religious freedom. Additionally, judicially broadening Title VII will likely affect the way other statutes, such as Title IX and the Affordable Care Act, are interpreted."
If the Supreme Court sides with the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers, the implications for LGBTQ+ citizens would be colossal. It would mean an end to any hope of obtaining employment protections under existing federal law, with potential ripple effects that could affect housing, education, finance, health care, and more.
The full list of elected officials who signed onto the brief is below -- along with the contact information for their office.