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Archive for the ‘LGBTQ and Law’ Category.

 

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


Same Sex Adoption in the United States: LGBT Couples Finally See Equal Rights

An infant clutching an adult finger.

September 15th, 2016

People have been adopting children in our country since before we were a country. Adoption then was a very different process from adoption today. In large part, prior to 1851, adoption was less focused on child rearing than it was the burden to adults. In the mid 1800’s however, Massachusetts passed the 1851 Adoption of Read More


Gender Identity Versus Your Birth Certificate: Which Should Matter Most?

Gender Neutral Bathroom Sign

September 5th, 2016

When our grandchildren look back on the year 2016 in their history classes, they may very well find it under a chapter titled something like “2016 Controversies: A Year of Elections, Olympics, and Bathroom-Related Lawsuits.” Although the first two subjects only really demand our undivided attention every four years, the ongoing disagreements over bathroom laws Read More


What is Fair? The Fair Housing Act Does Not Protect the LGBT Community

An LGBTQ rainbow flag.

August 14th, 2016

The Fair Housing Act was enacted by Congress in 1968 as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act.  The Fair Housing Act was promulgated in response to the civil rights movement and originally mandated that neither landlords nor sellers could discriminate against renters or potential buyers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or Read More


LGBT Teens Need Guidance During Difficult Times

Two women hold each other.

August 12th, 2016

Do you remember middle school or high school? Many of us have strong memories associated with our adolescent years and oftentimes they are not great. Teen years can be difficult; you are going through changes and trying to figure out who you are. This transitional period can be particularly difficult for teens struggling with their Read More


The Boy Scouts of America: Taking Steps Towards Inclusivity

Boy Scouts of America on a US postage stamp.

August 6th, 2016

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was created over 100 years ago. It began as a combination of several other groups and quickly grew to become the largest youth organization in our country for a time. Throughout its tenure, the BSA has faced its share of conflict. For example, in the segregated south, many Boy Read More