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Archive for the ‘LGBTQ and Law’ Category.

 

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


Louisiana Attorney General Blocks LGBTQ Employment Protection

A gay rainbow flag on a flagpole

November 30th, 2016

  The Attorney General of Louisiana has blocked at least 37 state government legal contracts because these documents include language designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals from discrimination in the workplace. In rejecting these contracts guaranteeing LGBTQ employment protection, the Attorney General argues that these contracts cannot require language protecting LGBTQ people Read More


The Importance of Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College

Courthouse draped in LGBTQ rainbow.

November 25th, 2016

Although Americans are now permitted to marry regardless of sexual orientation, more than half of the states in the United States contain no employment protection laws for members of the LGBTQ community. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is ready to change this issue in three states which are overseen by Read More


National Park Service Considers Naming LGBTQ Locations as Historic Sites

Historic Registry Plaque

November 1st, 2016

  The National Park Service released a study recently on National Coming Out Day that surveys historic sites in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer rights for potential preservation and protections. This report marks the first step in potentially recognizing significant sites in the history of LGBTQ rights in the National Historic Read More


The First Amendment Defense Act: Another Tool for Bigotry?

Wedding cake at a marriage ceremony

October 30th, 2016

  Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Obergefell v. Hodges, individuals in every single state are allowed to marry one another regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. This ruling impacted not only a couple’s ability to hold themselves out as legally married in the name of love, but also enables a couple to Read More