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Archive for the ‘LGBTQ and Law’ Category.

 

Waco Judge Receives Warning Over Refusal to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

A Texas judicial commission recently announced that a Waco-based judge's refusal to perform same-sex weddings violates Obergefell v. Hodges.

January 22nd, 2020

A Texas judicial commission recently announced a public warning to a Waco-based Justice of the Peace over her refusal to perform same-sex weddings. The commission found her refusal to perform same-sex weddings but insistence on performing opposite sex ones violates the 2015 United States Supreme Court’s decision of Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared that the Read More


Same-Sex Couple Files Alaska Permanent Fund Lawsuit

One member of a same-sex couple in Alaska was recently denied her 2019 Permanent Fund dividends because of an outdated law prohibiting same-sex marriage.

January 10th, 2020

Several individuals in Alaska were recently denied 2019 Permanent Fund dividends because they are married to same-sex individuals,


“Fairness for All Act” Introduced in Congress

The Fairness for All Act was recently introduced by a conservative congressman hoping to bridge the divide between LGBTQ rights and religious freedom.

December 13th, 2019

Utah Congressman Chris Stewart recently introduced the Fairness for All Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, which aims to be a compromise bill to both protect LGBTQ people and religious freedom. This appears to be the first time that a so-called LGBTQ civil rights bill has been introduced by a conservative lawmaker, and it Read More


New York Judge Blocks “Conscience Rule”

A judge recently vacated a conscience rule that allows healthcare workers to refuse care or refer in procedures with which they have religious objections.

November 27th, 2019

A New York federal judge recently vacated a “conscience rule” created by the Trump administration that allows health care workers to refuse to participate or refer in procedures with which they have religious objections. This religious objection is most commonly raised in abortion or gender reassignment surgeries. The decision marks an advancement in women’s and 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


Tampa Ban on Counseling for LGBTQ Minors Struck Down

A Tampa ordinance prohibiting counseling for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion was recently overturned by a federal court.

November 13th, 2019

A Tampa ordinance prohibiting counseling for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion was recently overturned by a federal court.


Michigan AG Files Motion to Stay Decision on Same-Sex Adoptions

A federal judge previously issued a preliminary injunction that allowed religiously affiliated adoption agencies to refuse same-sex adoptions.

November 8th, 2019

Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel recently filed an emergency motion in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan to stay the preliminary injunction permitting adoption agencies to refuse adoptions to same-sex couples while the state pursues an appeal. This action comes after a federal judge previously halted Michigan’s same-sex adoptions rules Read More


Georgia Man Pursues LGBTQ Case in US Supreme Court

A Georgia man is pursuing a landmark LGBTQ case in the United States Supreme Court that has the potential to significantly advance or restrict LGBTQ rights.

October 30th, 2019

In the last several decades, LGBTQ individuals in the United States have seen tremendous victories that greatly advanced their rights in this country. Some of the decisions that helped advanced these rights include the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn sodomy laws in 2003, extend benefits to same-sex couples in 2013, and to legalize same-sex marriage Read More


Minnesota Circuit Court Allows “Christian Beliefs” Case to Advance

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."

October 15th, 2019

A federal appeals court in Minnesota recently revived a lawsuit initiated by a Minnesota couple that challenges a Minnesota state law requiring equal protection of the law for LGBT people in regards to services rendered. This law meant the couple might have to film same-sex weddings since they own a video production company. As a Read More


Same-Sex Couples Initiates Lawsuit After Daughter Denied Citizenship

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

October 8th, 2019

A same-sex couple in Maryland recently initiated a federal lawsuit to challenge the State Department’s refusal to recognize the United States citizenship of their daughter, who was born in Canada earlier this year through the use of a surrogate.  The lawsuit claims that a State Department policy discriminates against same-sex married couples and unlawfully treats Read More