Supreme Court Hears Landmark LGBT Case From Long Island

Sophia Hall
October 08, 2019 - 6:24 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — One of the three LGBT cases the Supreme Court is focusing on stems from Long Island.

Donald Zarda, who died in an accident a few years ago, was a sky diving instructor in Suffolk County, according to WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.

In 2010, he claimed he was fired because he told a female client he was gay.

Now, nearly ten years later, the Supreme Court will rule on his case and two others.

“These cases are about whether LGBT people, who have equal opportunity, or whether they may be treated as inferior citizens throughout all aspects of their daily lives,” said David Kilmnick, the CEO of the LGBT network.

Zarda’s case has been continued by his family.

“Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure to meet Donald Zarda. You know, who was a pioneer in standing up for his rights. Standing up for all LGBT rights,” said Kilmnick. “We have been in communication with his family to make sure that his voice lives on. We have to remember that this case took place in New York. This case took place on Long Island.”

The Supreme Court’s decision will draw from a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, known as Title 7, which prohibits job discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

In recent years, some courts have read “sex” to include discrimination against LGBT people.

If the Supreme Court sides in favor of the LGBT individuals, Title 7 will be expanded to include discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity.