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Archive for the ‘Federal Law’ Category.

 

High School Students Sue School District over Forced Christian Prayer

A Tennessee school district is being sued for promoting religion, including forced Christian prayer, thereby violating the separation of church and state.

December 4th, 2019

Four atheist public school students in Tennessee recently initiated a lawsuit against their school district for violating the separation of church and state. According to the students, school officials have been promoting Christian religious activities in their public schools, including prayers, Bible distributions, posters and other activities. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit was Read More


Teacher Suspended for Religious Discussion with Students

A high school teacher in North Carolina was recently suspended for segregating students based on religious beliefs and inquiring about their religiosity.

November 22nd, 2019

A high school teacher in North Carolina was recently suspended for splitting students up based on religious beliefs. School officials are currently investigating whether the Spanish teacher engaged in conversations with students about whether or not they believed in God. Officials became aware of the teacher’s behavior after students and their parents reported the incident Read More


Trump Administration Advances Proposal to Rescind Nondiscrimination Protections

A new proposal will allow faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to turn away same-sex couples, singles parents, and people who do not share the agencies' religious beliefs.

November 20th, 2019

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) put forward a new proposal to rescind nondiscrimination protections that had been put into place by the Obama Administration. The protections that were added by Obama included discrimination based on religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Now, President Trump wants to remove Read More


Trump Administration Proposes Discriminatory LGBTQ Policy

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit initiated by a couple that challenges a law that they feel forces them to violate their "Christian beliefs."

September 18th, 2019

In August 2019, the Trump Administration received substantial criticism when it proposed a policy that would grant some federal contractors the right to discriminate against individuals who do not share the employers’ religious views.  Many organizations who fight for LGBTQ rights have responded that this policy is dangerous, shameless, and unconscionable. This decision also substantially Read More


United States Supreme Court Poised to Hear Religious School Case

The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case concerning a Montana law that allowed for tax credits to be used to send children to a religious school.

July 30th, 2019

The United States Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case concerning a 2015 Montana law which allows tax credits to be used for religious school instruction. Montana’s highest court has already struck down the program on the basis that it violates the state’s constitutional ban on providing state aid to religious organizations. The outcome Read More


Department of Justice to Ask Supreme Court to Consider Military Transgender Ban

A same-sex couple in Maryland recently initiated a federal lawsuit to challenge the US's refusal to recognize the citizenship of their daughter.

December 11th, 2018

In a recent court filing, the Department of Justice announced plans to ask the United States Supreme Court to review President Trump’s ban on military service for transgender individuals. The Department of Justice announced that it plans to file a request before the Supreme Court by November 23, which means that the justices would be Read More


How Justice Kavanaugh Could Alter Landmark Cases

Newly appointed Justice Kavanaugh could alter the outcome of many landmark cases that may appear before the Supreme Court.

November 9th, 2018

  At the beginning of July 2018, President Trump announced his decision to appoint Brett Kavanaugh to fill the spot left by the retirement of Justice Kennedy, and last month, Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in to the Supreme Court. While Justice Kavanaugh previously served on the US Court of Appeals for Read More


Directive on Religious Exemption Issued

Legislators in New York passed a prohibition on “gay and trans panic” defenses in criminal cases in an attempt to end discriminatory legal strategies.

October 19th, 2018

A directive was recently issued by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs that allows federal contractors to raise religious freedom as a defense when they are charged with job discrimination. The Federal Contract Compliance Program, which is the government agency tasked with making sure that businesses that contract with the federal Read More


Democrats Introduce Bill to Counter Religious Freedom Law

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit initiated by a couple that challenges a law that they feel forces them to violate their "Christian beliefs."

July 19th, 2018

  In May of 2018, Democratic senators introduced a bill to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which according to the original sponsors of the law has been misappropriated and used to discriminate against numerous individual including those who identify as LGBTQ. This bill is significant because it has the potential to change a twenty-five-year-old Read More


Second Circuit Rules on Title VII in Zarda Case

A second federal circuit court has ruled the Title VII prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses sexual orientation discrimination.

March 9th, 2018

  Recently, in the case of Zarda v. Altitude Express, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Title VII prohibition on sex discrimination includes sexual orientation discrimination. The case arose when Donald Zarda, a skydiving instructor who identifies as gay, claimed that his position was terminated after a customer complained that the worker Read More