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Archive for the ‘Federal Law’ Category.

 

How Justice Kavanaugh Could Alter Landmark Cases

Two recent Supreme Court cases ask whether Catholic school instructors qualify as “ministers,” and whether religious rights laws are therefore applicable.

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 Christian wedding photographer initiated legal action against the City of Louisville over an LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance.

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


LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Law Passed in Morgantown, West Virginia

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

February 2nd, 2018

  Morgantown, West Virginia recently passed a non-discrimination law to protect LGBTQ individuals as part of a human rights ordinance. This addition came when the seven-person Morgantown City Council voted unanimously to add non-discrimination language to the city’s existing ordinance. While this might seem like a small change, Morgantown is only the 11th city in Read More


Case Filed in Second Circuit Regarding Gender Identity

The Justice Department is arguing that federal civil rights laws do not protect us from discrimination due to gender identity or sexual orientation.

October 26th, 2017

  In a recent action that has significant impact for individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, the Justice Department filed a brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit arguing that federal civil rights laws do not protect individuals from discrimination due to their gender identity or sexual Read More


Affordable Housing for Seniors in New York

Montevallo, Alabama passed an ordinance earlier this year protecting individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

September 19th, 2017

Statistics reveal that there are close to 600,000 LGBT individuals living in New York City, of which 100,000 are senior citizens. About 48% of LGBT same sex couples who applied for affordable housing, however, have suffered discrimination in relationship to living conditions. An organization called SAGE has taken up efforts to create affordable housing for Read More


Supreme Court Scheduled to Hear Bakery Case

A Christian wedding photographer initiated legal action against the City of Louisville over an LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance.

August 24th, 2017

  The United States Supreme Court announced at the end of June that the court will hear a case involving a bakery owner who refused to make a cake for a couple on the basis of the baker’s religious views concerning same-sex couples. The case is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court in October. Read More


United States Votes Against Anti-Nazi United Nations Resolution

KKK Rally in Georgia

December 15th, 2016

The United States is one of three countries in addition to the Ukraine and Palau that voted against a United Nations resolution that requested the condemnation of the glorification of Nazism. The resolution, entitled “Combating Glorification of Nazism, Neo-Nazism and Other Practices That Contribute To Fueling Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related 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