In a major victory for sexual minorities, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that employers may not discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered.
According to the New York Times, the court decided that the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibited bias based on sex, could also encompass sexual orientation. The vote was 6 to 3, with conservatives Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch joining liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kegan.
Gorsuch also wrote the majority opinion, saying “An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.” He was President Donald Trump’s first appointment to the high court.
Also on Monday, the Supreme Court declined to review a lower court ruling that let stand a California “sanctuary law” that restricts cooperation with local law enforcement agencies in the arrest and deportation of illegal aliens.
FDA backs away from malaria drug for coronavirus
A decision in March to allow an anti-malarial drug to treat coronavirus was reversed on Monday by the federal Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA, had granted an emergency approval for hydroxychloroquine and similar drugs, but decided that the drugs were “unlikely to be effective” and that the side effects outweighed the benefits.
President Trump was an advocate for hydroxychloroquine and said he had used it after being exposed to people who had tested positive for COVID-19.
Coronavirus cases approaching 8 million people
The total number of coronavirus cases worldwide is approaching a new milestone. According to Johns Hopkins University, the tally is nearing 8 million people. As of Monday afternoon, the count is at 7,976,386.
The United States continues to have the most cases with 2,110,182, followed by Brazil with 867,624 and Russia with 536,484.
Monday’s calculation of global deaths is now at 434,949, with the U.S leading with 116,081 fatalities, followed by Brazil with 43,332 and the United Kingdom/Great Britain with 41,821.
Stock values stage a modest Monday rally
Wall Street had a mildly upbeat Monday after a turbulent stretch last week. According to MarchWatch.com, all three major stock market indexes rose.
The Dow was up 157.62 points, a gain of 0.62 percent. The S&P 500 was up 25.28 (0.83 percent) and Nasdaq 137.21 points (1.43).
It’s some nice weather all week for the OC
Some cloudy weather in the morning, giving way to sunshine is the forecast for the West Orange County area this week, according to the National Weather Service. The low tonight (Monday) will be 60 degrees, with daily highs in the mid-70s. No rain is predicted.
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