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Archive for the ‘LGBTQ and Law’ Category.

 

Supreme Court Ruling on Contraceptive Coverage Could Influence LGBTQ Employment Issues

Trump's new regulations were directed primarily toward contraceptive coverage, but they also have implications for LGBTQ individuals in the country.

June 4th, 2020

Last month, the United States Supreme Court heard several important cases regarding contraceptive coverage guaranteed under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. In 2017, the Trump Administration argued for the right to expand a previous exemption to the contraceptive mandate from entities with a religious objection, such as churches, to any entity with a moral objection. Read More


Florida Appeals Court Strikes Down Jacksonville Anti-Discrimination Law

An appeals court recently struck down Jacksonville’s anti-discrimination law due to how it was adopted, but the city council is already working on a fix.

May 21st, 2020

An appeals court in Florida recently struck down Jacksonville’s anti-discrimination law. The law bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in areas like public accommodation, employment, and housing. Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeals reversed the decision made by a Duval County court to dismiss a challenge to the city’s human-rights Read More


Texas Judge Forced to Remove Rainbow Flag from Courtroom

An openly gay Texas judge was recently forced to remove a rainbow flag from her courtroom after a local defense attorney complained about bias.

May 6th, 2020

Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez, an openly gay San Antonio-based judge, was recently forced to remove the rainbow flag and other rainbow materials from her courtroom after defense attorney Flavio Hernandez filed a complaint with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. According to the attorney, the rainbow flag is no different from a swastika or Confederate Read More


FDA Loosens Blood Donation Restrictions for Gay and Bisexual Men

The FDA recently updated its blood donation restrictions for gay and bisexual men to enable more people to donate blood during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 28th, 2020

Following a request by 15 senators for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to loosen its blood donation restrictions for gay and bisexual men, the FDA announced at the beginning of April that it would relax its restrictions. The restrictions resulted in the reduction of the amount of time that men who have had sex Read More


Idaho Passes 2 Anti-Trans Bills during Coronavirus Pandemic

The Idaho Governor recently signed two anti-trans bills into law, becoming the first state this year to take aim at the transgender community.

April 24th, 2020

The Governor of Idaho recently signed not one but two anti-trans bills into law during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. One of the bills seeks to prohibit gender changes on birth certificates, while the other seeks to halt transgender student athletes from playing sports. The Anti-Trans Bills at Hand While most states in the Read More


Lesbian Teacher Disciplined for Showing Picture of Wife Awarded 100K Settlement

A lesbian teacher in Texas was awarded a $100,000 settlement after her school district discriminated against her due to her sexual orientation.

April 21st, 2020

A lesbian teacher in the Dallas, Texas area was recently awarded a $100,000 settlement from the school district where she was suspended for supposedly “promoting the homosexual agenda.” The teacher, Stacy Bailey, had been disciplined and removed from her teaching position after allegedly showing a picture of her then fiancée during a “get to know Read More


Department of Justice Backs Anti-LGBTQ Wedding Photographer

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

April 8th, 2020

Towards the end of February of this year, the United States Department of Justice provided input on an issue that arose in Kentucky. A Christian wedding photographer initiated legal action against the City of Louisville over a nondiscrimination ordinance that she feels may “force” her to shoot LGBTQ weddings, even though no one has approached Read More


Brigham Young University Reinstates Ban on Homosexual Behavior

Brigham Young University recently announced that homosexual behavior was no longer banned at the school, before the Mormon Church immediately backtracked.

March 31st, 2020

Utah’s Brigham Young University recently backtracked and announced that “homosexual behavior” was still banned at the school. This announcement came just two weeks after the school appeared to remove a ban on homosexual behavior. Consequently, LGBTQ students at the Mormon-owned university have found themselves in a difficult position. The School’s Original Honor Code Change on Read More


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