Club Meeting + SCOTUS Victory This Week!

Democrats for Equality,

Yesterday, was a landmark moment in history for our LGBTQ community.

Our U.S. Supreme Court on a 6-3 vote ruled that an employer who fires an employee simply for being LGBTQ is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Before Monday, you could be fired for simply being gay or transgender in 28 states. Today, you are free to work as you are.

Although California has been at the forefront of anti-discrimination laws and protections, there are fights that need to continue.

World Blood Donor Day was last week on June 14th, and as Todd Gloria highlighted on Twitter, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to ban gay and bisexual men from donating blood — a signature restrictive ban from the 1980s that continues because reasons.

Also, despite the victory at the Supreme Court, there is reason to still be on alert in this Washington Post analysis that those LGBTQ workplace protections could be superceded by claims on “religious liberty.”

The Post writes, “Over the past two decades, the Supreme Court has become increasingly receptive to religious liberty claims, with conservative Christian litigators, such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, winning at an impressive rate. Just in the past few terms, the court has ruled in favor of allowing prayer at government meetings, struck down limits on taxpayer funding for church infrastructure improvements, and ruled that a massive cross in Maryland did not have to be removed from government land.”

Their analysis concludes with an alarm bell that conservatives could easily takeaway from Associate Justice Gorsuch’s opinion… to bring those “religious liberty” cases back to the Supreme Court, and let SCOUTS decide how, and how often, those “religious liberty” claims can supercede LGBTQ protections.

It’s a sober reminder that the fight continues.

Finally, a friendly reminder about our upcoming club meeting this Thursday, June 18 at 6:30pm!

We will be meeting via Zoom, and if you are able to log on earlier, we will have the Zoom open and ready at 6:00pm so we can credential and check-in all of our voting members and guests.

There’s not a lot on the agenda so we can keep this meeting as concise as possible.

We will be considering support for Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 5, authored by legendary Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber, as well as consider endorsements for for Carlsbad City Council Districts 2 and 4, and Escondido City Council Districts 2, 3, and 4.

The County Democratic Party is hosting this for us (thank you Will!) — in case you’re wondering why the meeting registration page has the party branding.

Here is a link to register for the Zoom meeting!

If you do not have Zoom, you can still participate via phone by calling 669.900.6833. The meeting ID is 827 3647 0874.

Here is the tentative agenda:

  • Call to Order (6:30pm)
  • Approval of Agenda & Minutes
  • Club Member & Candidate Announcements (6:45pm)
  • Club Officer Reports (7:00pm)
  • Action Item: ACA 5 (7:15pm)
  • Endorsement Consideration: Carlsbad City Council Districts 2 and 4 (7:30pm)
  • Endorsement Consideration: Escondido City Council Districts 2, 3, and 4 (8:00pm)
  • Adjourn

Looking forward to seeing/hearing from everyone on Thursday!

I love you all,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality