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Four Colorado Legislators Introduce Anti-LGBTQ Law

Despite all the significant advancements for gay rights, four Colorado lawmakers recently introduced an anti-LGBTQ law to prohibit same-sex marriage.

March 20th, 2020

The country’s treatment of LGBTQ individuals has changed substantially over the last decade. Among other developments, the United States Supreme Court in 2015 ruled that same-sex marriage must be recognized nationwide. Despite such advancements, four Colorado lawmakers recently introduced a bill to prohibit same-sex marriage in the state. The anti-LGBTQ law also would have prohibited Read More


Virginia Passes First Statewide LGBTQ Protection Bill in the South

Once signed, the LGBTQ protection bill will update Virginia’s nondiscrimination laws and provide additional protection for LGBTQ individuals, among others.

March 5th, 2020

The Virginia Values Act was recently passed by both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly, and democratic Governor Ralph Northam has said he will sign it into law. The bill will update Virginia’s nondiscrimination laws and provide additional protection for LGBTQ individuals in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations. Once signed, Virginia will Read More


Student Expelled Over Same-Sex Marriage Sues Seminary

February 19th, 2020

A student at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California recently joined a lawsuit against the school alleging that the seminary is violating federal law by terminating students due to their same-sex marriages. This case acts as an example of the obstacles that many LGBTQ students face in educational settings despite what some view as a Read More


Iowa Man Faces Charges After Burning LGBT Pride Banner

An Iowa man was given a 16-year prison sentence for stealing and setting fire to an LGBT pride banner, but the facts of the case explain the harsh sentence.

February 12th, 2020

In December 2019, several reports began circulating that a man in Iowa was given a 16-year prison sentence for burning an LGBT rainbow flag.


Lawyer Claims Tennessee Clerks are Violating State Constitution

A lawyer recently sent a letter to 95 Tennessee county clerks arguing they violated the state constitution by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

February 5th, 2020

A lawyer recently sent a letter to 95 Tennessee county clerks arguing they violated the state constitution by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


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

Despite all the significant advancements for gay rights, four Colorado lawmakers recently introduced an anti-LGBTQ law to prohibit same-sex marriage.

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