With all eyes on the executive and legislative branches of the federal government as they spar over the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, you might have forgotten about the judiciary. In the last few weeks we have seen a few big rulings in federal district and appellate courts, not to mention the Supreme Court’s recent decision to grant the administration’s request to lift the injunction against its contemptible asylum ban, thereby allowing the government to summarily reject asylum seekers on the southwestern border. Next week the Supreme Court will hear its first oral arguments of the October 2019 term, including three cases that could prove to be earth-shattering (slight exaggeration, not fake news). Each case hinges on the meaning of “sex” in federal civil rights law. The Court must decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits workplace discrimination “because of sex,” encompasses sexual orientation and gender identity. While decades of federal rulings and policy have affirmed anti-LGBTQ discrimination is a form of sex discrimination, these challenges demonstrate the need for the House-passed Equality Act, which would write inclusive protections into Title VII.