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Archive for the ‘LGBTQ and Law’ Category.

 

The First Amendment Defense Act

LGBT USA Flag New discriminatory legislation

June 21st, 2017

The First Amendment Defense Act is proposed legislation that has encountered several obstacles in the course of the Act’s attempt to become a bill. The First Amendment Defense Act prohibits the federal government from taking any type of action against an individual or corporation that discriminates against LGBTQ individuals. More specifically, the First Amendment Defense Read More


LGBTQ Individuals Excluded from Census

Americans included in the next census.

June 19th, 2017

Numerous Congress members recently urged the Trump administration to include statistics about how many LGBTQ individuals live in the United States when the government conducts its next census. In a letter that was sent to the Trump administration, these members of Congress asked that the administration clarify the reasons behind the decision to leave this Read More


Florida Public School Teacher Faces Lawsuit Over Banning Cross Necklaces

Teacher bans crosses in the classroom

June 16th, 2017

A public school district in Florida faces a lawsuit after a teacher banned students from wearing cross necklaces in her classroom and began advocating for LGBTQ rights. This case highlights some interesting issues about the interplay between religious rights and public education. The Activity of the Riverview High School Teacher At the beginning of the Read More


Potential Executive Order by President Trump Targets LGBTQ Individuals

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June 7th, 2017

Several members of the House of Representatives are urging President Trump to institute an executive order that would greatly impact LGBTQ individuals. A draft of the executive order, which released earlier this year, allowed federal employees, contractors, and grantees a “reasonable accommodation” to make decisions while on the job. When interacting with the public or Read More


South Dakota Allows Adoption Discrimination

adopted children

April 11th, 2017

  South Dakota recently enacted a law that protects private adoption agencies from being sued for discrimination for refusing to place adoptive and foster children with gay couples on religious grounds. The bill in question, SB-149, makes South Dakota the first state to take this type of step since the Supreme court legalized same-sex marriage Read More


Repeal of North Carolina House Bill 2 Fails

A public restroom

February 8th, 2017

An effort to end the North Carolina HB2 law, referred to as the “bathroom bill,” recently failed. The proposed repeal would have ended a compromised law that targets LGBTQ individuals, but opposing sides in the debate failed to do anything. The debate concerning HB2 is particularly complicated and involves a variety of laws, parties with Read More


Potential Upcoming Changes to LGBTQ Law

LGBTQ individual at a gay pride parade

February 8th, 2017

  As Inauguration Day has come and gone, the legislature of the United States has switched presidents and political parties, meaning LGBTQ law is likely to change. Proposed changes in legislation under this new administration will affect individuals of a variety of sexes, races, religions, and ethnicities. Individuals who are interested in LGBTQ rights should Read More


Mississippi Governor Blocks LGBT Discrimination Law

A rainbow flag flying in support of LGBT laws

December 16th, 2016

The Governor of Mississippi has requested that a federal appeals court pass a state law allowing merchants and governments employees to deny services to same-sex couples on the basis of religious beliefs. Because Mississippi’s Attorney General has refused to appeal this hearing, the case is being handled by private attorneys include some legal counsel at Read More


Proposed Bill Would Make Teachers Be Forced to Out LGBTQ Students

School Classroom

December 9th, 2016

Texas has a complicated history involving rights for children who identify as LGBTQ. First, the state of Texas blocked a federal order that would have allowed trans students in public schools to use restrooms that matched the children’s gender identity. The state of Texas has now expressed a desire for teachers to out LGBTQ students Read More


LGBTQ Groups File Lawsuit Against Utah School

LGBTQ flag over Utah

December 7th, 2016

A Utah lawsuit was recently filed by Equality Utah and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, both LGBTQ groups, challenging laws that the groups find to discriminate against LGBTQ students by restricting conversations about homosexuality in schools. The Center has emphasized that existing laws indirectly communicate the message to LGBTQ students to hide their identities. Read More