A U.S. Supreme Court ruling, expected in the coming days, could signal a new approach by the high court to LGBTQ civil rights cases, according to Virginia Tech’s Laura Belmonte.

“This closely watched case will be pivotal in the future of LGBTQ rights in the United States,” said Belmonte.  “A broad ruling could upend three decades of SCOTUS decisions that have expanded legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans while still preserving the religious freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment.”

The court is expected to rule on Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, and a city policy that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.  The case was heard last fall, and a ruling is due before the court term wraps in later this month. June also happens to be Pride Month in the LGBTQ community.

About Laura Belmonte: Laura Belmonte, a specialist in the history of U.S. foreign relations, serves as dean of the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, where she is also a history professor. Belmonte is the author or editor of several books, including “The International LGBT Rights Movement: A History,” published earlier this year by Bloomsbury Publishing.

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