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Archive for the ‘LGBTQ and Law’ Category.

 

Anti-LGBTQ Laws in the United States

More states are proposing and passing laws to restrict the rights of LGBTQ individuals.

October 12th, 2017

There are a number of laws throughout the United States which currently endanger the lives of individuals who identify as LGBTQ. Sadly, an increasing number of states are in the process of developing additional laws that restrict the rights of LGBTQ individuals. The Washington Post reports that 348 bills since 2013 have been passed restricting Read More


Affordable Housing for Seniors in New York

LGBT seniors are particularly vulnerable to housing discrimination.

September 19th, 2017

Statistics reveal that there are close to 600,000 LGBT individuals living in New York City, of which 100,000 are senior citizens. About 48% of LGBT same sex couples who applied for affordable housing, however, have suffered discrimination in relationship to living conditions. An organization called SAGE has taken up efforts to create affordable housing for Read More


Supreme Court Scheduled to Hear Bakery Case

A bakery owner refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple due to his religious beliefs.

August 24th, 2017

  The United States Supreme Court announced at the end of June that the court will hear a case involving a bakery owner who refused to make a cake for a couple on the basis of the baker’s religious views concerning same-sex couples. The case is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court in October. Read More


Texas Supreme Court Rules Spousal Benefits Don’t Extend to Same-Sex Couples

Same-sex couples in Texas are being denied spousal benefits.

August 3rd, 2017

The Texas Supreme Court recently declined to extend spousal benefits to same-sex couples. In a unanimous decision, the Texas Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision to extend health and life insurance benefits to same-sex spouses of city employees. The Facts of the Case In 2013, the mayor of Houston ordered the city to extend Read More


The First Amendment Defense Act

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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

A Roman Catholic elementary school principal is unable to pursue a retaliation case against the Archdiocese of New York because of “ministerial exception.”

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