Fingers crossed for Kimberly

A U.S. appeals court will consider a closely watched gay rights case today in which Kimberly Hively, an Indiana college professor, who says she lost her job because she is a lesbian, is arguing that federal civil rights law should protect gay people from workplace discrimination.

The full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will hear Ms Hively’s appeal of a July decision by three of its judges who threw out her discrimination case against Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend, Indiana.

In order to rule in Hively’s favour, the appeals court would have to buck decades of rulings that gay people are not protected by a milestone 1964 U.S. civil rights law.