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Marital Rights of Same-Sex Couples at Risk of Removal

Because same-sex marital rights also arise from the same 14th amendment protections cited in Roe, LGBTQ+ individuals are worried.

June 17th, 2022

The United States Supreme Court is poised to overturn the constitutional right associated with abortion, which arises from the 14th Amendment. Because same-sex marital rights also arise from the 14th amendment, LGBTQ+ individuals are now worried that their own rights are at risk. Advocates for LGBTQ rights are concerned that if Roe v. Wade is Read More


New Bill Aims for Legalized Marriage of Same-Sex Individuals in Navajo Nation

Navajo Nation lawmakers are attempting to repeal regulations established by the tribe prohibiting marriage between people of the same sex

June 14th, 2022

Navajo Nation lawmakers are currently attempting to repeal regulations established by the tribe in 2005 that prohibit marriage between two people of the same sex as well as remove any statements among Navajo law that treat same-sex marriages differently than opposite-sex ones. Changing Marriage Laws in Navajo Nation The Dine Marriage Act became effective as Read More


New Tennessee Law Challenges Same-Sex Unions

Tennessee recently debated a measure that would have challenged same-sex unions in the state by creating heterosexual-only marriage.

June 7th, 2022

The Tennessee legislature recently debated a measure that would have established a new type of marriage reserved for heterosexual couples in the state of Tennessee, thereby challenging same-sex unions in the state. Some people claimed that this new measure would have resulted in financial uncertainty for families while also erasing same-sex marriage and letting older Read More


County Clerk Found to Violate Same-Sex Marriage License Requirement

A Judge recently held that former County Clerk Kim Davis violated the Constitution by denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

May 31st, 2022

In a recently published order, a United States District Judge in Kentucky held that former County Clerk Kim Davis had violated the Constitution by denying marriage licenses to two same-sex couples in 2015. The two couples initially filed lawsuits against the worker in 2015. The importance of this decision is that it finally settles the Read More


Virginia Legislators Block Effort to Remove Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition

A Virginia House subcommittee recently struck down legislation that would have removed the state’s prohibition of same-sex marriage.

May 24th, 2022

A Virginia House subcommittee recently struck down legislation that would have given voters in the state the chance to update the constitution. The legislation in question would have potentially removed a now defunct same-sex marriage prohibition in the Virginia state constitution.  The Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition in the State Constitution In 2006, Virginia passed the Marshall-Newman Read More


South Dakota Excludes Transgender Women From Women’s School Sports Teams

Transgender women and girls in South Dakota will be prohibited from competing on school sports teams with cisgender women.

May 17th, 2022

Transgender women and girls in South Dakota will be prohibited from competing on sports teams with cisgender girls and women at qualifying colleges and schools. This prohibition comes after the state’s governor signed a law addressing women in sports. South Dakota’s Governor Kristi Noem’s decision to sign the regulation, which promptly made its way to Read More


Supreme Court Becomes Involved in Christian Website Dispute

The Supreme Court will hear a case brought by a Christian website designer who wants to be able to refuse service to LGBTQ customers.

May 13th, 2022

The Supreme Court of the United States recently agreed to hear a challenge by a Christian website designer to a Colorado regulation that prohibits businesses from declining to serve clients due to their sexual orientation. Consequently, the United States Supreme Court will hear an argument addressing whether a regulation compelling an artist to speak or Read More


Kansas Teacher Terminated After Using Inappropriate Gender Pronouns

A teacher in Kansas was recently suspended after she declined to call a student by their preferred first name and gender pronouns.

May 10th, 2022

A school instructor in Kansas was recently suspended after she declined to call a student by their preferred gender pronouns. The instructor argues that calling the student by their preferred gender pronoun would have violated her Christian beliefs. More specifically, the teacher’s federal lawsuit claims that the school district violated her constitutional rights and failed Read More


Trump-Appointed Judge to Consider Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Florida's controversial "Don't Say Gay" bill is headed to court after a group of students, parents and teachers filed a lawsuit in federal court.

May 6th, 2022

Several plaintiffs recently initiated a lawsuit in federal court against the new “Don’t Say Gay” law in Florida, which is also referred to as House bill 1557. The measure was recently passed into law by Florida’s Governor DeSantis and bans discussion or mention of LGBTQ topics and people in grades K-3. How the Lawsuit Against Read More


LGBTQ Club at Indiana High School Wins Court Case

Florida's controversial "Don't Say Gay" bill is headed to court after a group of students, parents and teachers filed a lawsuit in federal court.

March 25th, 2022

A judge recently stated that an LGBTQ club holds free speech rights both to exist as well as spread details about its activities at Pendleton Heights High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. The judge in this case stated that the school’s principal unlawfully prohibited the club’s advertisements, which were placed on school bulletin boards as well Read More