Senator Josh Hawley reacts to the recent Bostock Decision, which re-interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to extend to gay and transgender people.
“This piece of legislation changes the scope of the 1964 Civil Rights Act….There’s only one problem with this piece of legislation. It was issued by a court, not by a legislature. It was written by judges, not by the elected representatives of the people. And it did what this Congress has pointedly declined to do for years now, which is to change the text and meaning and the application and the scope of a historic piece of legislation…And I say this because if textualism and originalism give you this decision, if you can invoke textualism and originalism in order to reach a decision, an outcome, that fundamentally changes the scope and meaning and application of statutory law, then textualism and originalism and all of those phrases don’t mean much at all.”