Federal Judge Rules That Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Sex Discrimination
The left-wing BuzzFeed is reporting:
The distinction between gender stereotyping and sexual orientation discrimination "is illusory and artificial," Judge Dean Pregerson writes in a lawsuit against Pepperdine University. The ruling is the latest move in a larger, ongoing effort to protect LGBT people from discrimination under existing civil rights laws.
The federal ban on sex discrimination in education includes a ban on sexual orientation discrimination, a federal judge in California ruled this past week.
U.S. District Court Judge Dean Pregerson's ruling appears to be the first time a federal judge has made this ruling as it pertains to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal ban on sex discrimination in education.
Without much fanfare, advocates and federal officials in recent years, with support from some courts, have undertaken a significant effort to expand the reach of existing federal anti-discrimination laws - primarily Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX - to cover lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination.