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Supreme Court Ruling on Contraceptive Coverage Could Influence LGBTQ Employment Issues

Trump's new regulations were directed primarily toward contraceptive coverage, but they also have implications for LGBTQ individuals in the country.

June 4th, 2020

Last month, the United States Supreme Court heard several important cases regarding contraceptive coverage guaranteed under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. In 2017, the Trump Administration argued for the right to expand a previous exemption to the contraceptive mandate from entities with a religious objection, such as churches, to any entity with a moral objection. Read More


US Supreme Court Hears Two Critical Religious Rights Cases

A high school in Kentucky announced that it will not offer a “Bible literacy” course due to concerns over teaching Bible-based electives in public schools.

May 27th, 2020

Two recent cases (Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrisey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel) heard by the United States Supreme Court have dealt with the role of religious rights in this country. Both of these cases question if two Catholic school instructors qualify as “ministers,” and whether employment discrimination laws are therefore applicable. Read More


Florida Appeals Court Strikes Down Jacksonville Anti-Discrimination Law

An appeals court recently struck down Jacksonville’s anti-discrimination law due to how it was adopted, but the city council is already working on a fix.

May 21st, 2020

An appeals court in Florida recently struck down Jacksonville’s anti-discrimination law. The law bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in areas like public accommodation, employment, and housing. Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeals reversed the decision made by a Duval County court to dismiss a challenge to the city’s human-rights Read More


Army Chaplains’ Prayer Videos Removed From Facebook

Several prayer videos created by Christian army chaplains during the coronavirus pandemic were recently removed from an army brigade's main Facebook page.

May 13th, 2020

Several prayer videos created by two military chaplains offering Christian messaging during the coronavirus pandemic were recently removed from Facebook following complaints that this content constituted “illicit proselytizing” of Christianity. This situation serves as an interesting example of how interested parties view the role of the establishment clause during the pandemic. How Debate Over the Read More


Texas Judge Forced to Remove Rainbow Flag from Courtroom

An openly gay Texas judge was recently forced to remove a rainbow flag from her courtroom after a local defense attorney complained about bias.

May 6th, 2020

Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez, an openly gay San Antonio-based judge, was recently forced to remove the rainbow flag and other rainbow materials from her courtroom after defense attorney Flavio Hernandez filed a complaint with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. According to the attorney, the rainbow flag is no different from a swastika or Confederate Read More


Stimulus Package Includes Religious Organizations

Challenging the Constitution’s separation of church and state, the government will provide direct funding to churches as part of the stimulus package.

May 1st, 2020

In a noteworthy situation that goes up against the Constitution’s ban on any “law respecting an establishment of religion,” the federal government will provide financial support to churches in the United States to aid in paying pastor salaries and utility bills. The new aid was approved as part of the gigantic, $2 trillion stimulus package Read More


FDA Loosens Blood Donation Restrictions for Gay and Bisexual Men

The FDA recently updated its blood donation restrictions for gay and bisexual men to enable more people to donate blood during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 28th, 2020

Following a request by 15 senators for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to loosen its blood donation restrictions for gay and bisexual men, the FDA announced at the beginning of April that it would relax its restrictions. The restrictions resulted in the reduction of the amount of time that men who have had sex Read More


Idaho Passes 2 Anti-Trans Bills during Coronavirus Pandemic

The Idaho Governor recently signed two anti-trans bills into law, becoming the first state this year to take aim at the transgender community.

April 24th, 2020

The Governor of Idaho recently signed not one but two anti-trans bills into law during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. One of the bills seeks to prohibit gender changes on birth certificates, while the other seeks to halt transgender student athletes from playing sports. The Anti-Trans Bills at Hand While most states in the Read More


Lesbian Teacher Disciplined for Showing Picture of Wife Awarded 100K Settlement

A lesbian teacher in Texas was awarded a $100,000 settlement after her school district discriminated against her due to her sexual orientation.

April 21st, 2020

A lesbian teacher in the Dallas, Texas area was recently awarded a $100,000 settlement from the school district where she was suspended for supposedly “promoting the homosexual agenda.” The teacher, Stacy Bailey, had been disciplined and removed from her teaching position after allegedly showing a picture of her then fiancée during a “get to know Read More


Alabama Considers Revising Yoga Ban

Since 1993, the state of Alabama has maintained a yoga ban in public schools, arguing it is a "Hindu philosophy" and a "method of religious training."

April 17th, 2020

For more than a quarter-century, the state of Alabama banned yoga as a “Hindu philosophy” and a “method of religious training.” Lawmakers in Alabama, however, are looking to change this approach. This article reviews the yoga ban in the state of Alabama as well as the proposed changes The Yoga Ban in Alabama In 1993, Read More