In a historic ruling on Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that discrimination against LGBTQ people qualifies as discrimination on the basis of sex, and is therefore prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The decision—which saw a 6-3 majority and an opinion written by Trump appointee Justice Neil Gorsuch—immediately made it illegal to fire anyone on the basis of their sexuality or their gender identity, a practice which was still legal in 26 states.
Though his administration filed an amicus briefing urging the court not to rule in favor of LGBT people, President Donald Trump shrugged at the decision when asked about it in a round table later that afternoon.
Others in conservative circles were more angry at the ruling.
Among them was far-right author Ann Coulter, who tweeted that the decision meant only straight white cisgender men could get fired from their jobs without a law suit now.
After today's "trans rights" decision from the Supreme Court, the only employees you can fire without getting a law… https://t.co/I0Wo64PTiN— Ann Coulter (@Ann Coulter) 1592241947.0
Either Coulter is knowingly spreading lies or she doesn't know anything about the ruling today.
As stated earlier, the ruling made the United States' legal interpretation of Title VII to mean that discrimination on the basis of sex includes discrimination against LGBTQ people.
Title VII specifically forbids employment discrimination on the bases of any skin color, any religion, any sex, and any national origin—not just certain ones.
People were quick to point out just how wrong Coulter was.
The good news for heterosexual cis white American men: Ann Coulter is very wrong! If you are fired for being hetero… https://t.co/wNv1FocH82— Jill Filipovic (@Jill Filipovic) 1592244631.0
Not that anyone would be surprised that Coulter is incorrect, but because federal law says you can’t discriminate o… https://t.co/v2E11nhGTw— Adam Serwer🍝 (@Adam Serwer🍝) 1592243730.0
@AnnCoulter Fun fact: Title VII protects them too.— o.O (@o.O) 1592245063.0
@AnnCoulter If a man is fired for being white, cis, or male, he can sue for discrimination based on race or sex. S… https://t.co/9onLBiOxoa— rzrwiresunrise (@rzrwiresunrise) 1592245380.0
@AnnCoulter Or, you know, you could follow good HR practice and only fire people for documented cause, not because of their identity.— Christopher Keelty 🏳️🌈 (@Christopher Keelty 🏳️🌈) 1592246562.0
People were puzzled because Coulter went to law school.
@AnnCoulter You sound triggered. I also thought you went to law school. Maybe you need to take some refresher courses?— #SophieSchollsGhost (@#SophieSchollsGhost) 1592248160.0
@AnnCoulter U of M Law School must be so embarrassed to count you as an alum. Of course, this is legally incorrect.— BJA (@BJA) 1592248461.0