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The Supreme Court to Weigh in on LGBTQ+ Rights, DACA, & Guns in New Term

By law, the Supreme Court starts its new term on the first Monday of October, and this year they will be hearing three major issues (among others) whose decisions will impact the 2020 elections.

GAY RIGHTS, OCTOBER 8 2019

The justices will start hearing arguments today from three cases involving alleged job discrimination against LGBTQ workers. The cases include a skydiving instructor in New York and a Georgia government employee who allege they were fired for being gay, and a Michigan transgender woman who was fired from a funeral home after she transitioned.

These cases made their way to the Supreme Court because of a divide among the lower courts over Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which protects discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, and religion; however, it does not specifically address sexual orientation or gender identity.

In 2017, the Supreme Court refused to consider a case from a Georgia woman who alleged she was fired from her job because of her sexuality. 

DACA, NOVEMBER 12 2019

The justices will decide whether President Trump may revoke the Obama-era protections for more than 700 million young immigrants known as the Dreamers, who were brought into the United States illegally as children.

Plaintiffs include the University of California as well as a handful of DACA recipients who argue that ending their protections violated the Administrative Procedure Act, a federal law that governs how agencies can establish regulations. The courts sided with the plaintiffs in the past, allowing the renewal of the DACA program; however, the Trump administration appealed the decision to the Supreme Court.

This ruling will have a major impact in the 2020 presidential race.

GUNS, DECEMBER 2 2019

The Second Amendment will be put to the test, as the Supreme Court will also hear arguments surrounding gun regulations, mainly a New York City law which regulates where licensed handgun owners can take a locked and unloaded handgun.

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, as well as individual plaintiffs, challenged the law arguing that it was too restrictive. The Trump administration has also urged the Supreme Court to overturn the law.

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