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Posts tagged ‘anti-LGBT law’

 

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


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


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

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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


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


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


States Pass Seemingly Anti-LGBT Legislation in Response to U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling on Gay Marriage

LGBT rainbow flag

June 20th, 2016

  Mississippi recently became the third state this year to sign a bill against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights. The bill, set to take effect on July 1, 2016, allows businesses with religious objections to refuse their services to gay couples. This anti-LGBT legislation is potentially far-reaching in terms of discrimination, and allows Read More