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New York Takes Action to Prohibit “Gay and Trans Panic” Defense

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

July 18th, 2019

LGBT rights in the United States might have progressed a great deal in recent years, but they still have a long way to go in regards to certain areas of law. Recently, legislators in New York passed a prohibition on “gay and trans panic” defenses in criminal cases in an attempt to end discriminatory legal Read More


Health and Human Services Department Passes Religious Conscience Rule

A new religious conscience rule promoted by President Trump purports to protect religious liberty, but critics view it as a means to discriminate.

July 10th, 2019

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the issuance of a new final conscience rule, which is designed to protect individuals and health care entities from discrimination claims on the basis of their exercise of conscience in HHS funded programs. The conscience rule implements full enforcement of 25 provisions passed Read More


Michigan Prohibits LGBT Discrimination in State Adoptions

Last month, New York became the fifth state to end religious and philosophical exemptions to vaccinations, amid an ongoing measles epidemic.

July 2nd, 2019

Following a recent agreement between Michigan’s Attorney General and the American Civil Liberties Union, adoption agencies in the state of Michigan that receive state funding are no longer able to deny adoptions to LGBT couples on the basis that doing so violates the agency’s religious beliefs. The decision is the result of a legal action Read More


Catholic School Sues City Claiming Intrusion of Rights

A Catholic school has sued an Ohio city over its LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, claiming its First Amendment rights are being violated by the ordinance.

June 28th, 2019

An independent Catholic school in South Euclid, Ohio and the non-profit legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom recently initiated a lawsuit against the city of South Euclid on the basis that certain regulations created by a city ordinance in 2018 infringe on the school’s First Amendment and religious liberty rights. Even though it is still uncertain Read More


Tennessee Court Dismisses Same Sex Marriage Licenses Lawsuit

A florist who declined to create floral arrangements for a same sex wedding has announced plans to appeal her case to the United States Supreme Court.

June 26th, 2019

A lawsuit against a Bradley County clerk who issued marriage licenses to same sex couples was recently dismissed by a circuit court judge and resulted in plaintiffs considering whether to pursue further legal actions. The lawsuit was initiated by a pastor in Bradley County Court in 2016. The History of the Case The Ninth Circuit Read More


Missouri Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Transgender Student

June 18th, 2019

In a case that is likely to have a significant impact on LGBT rights, the Missouri Supreme Court recently ruled that a discrimination lawsuit initiated by a transgender student in Kansas City is allowed to proceed. Legal action was first brought against the Blue Springs School District in October 2015 after administrators at the school Read More


House of Representatives Passes Equality Act

The US House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, which is designed to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination in many areas.

June 12th, 2019

The US House of Representatives recently passed the Equality Act, which is designed to protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination that occurs in housing, public accommodations, the workplace and other arenas. First introduced in 2015, the bill also expands public accommodation protections to include discrimination based on sex as well as strengthens other protections. By expanding Read More


Texas Passes “Save Chick-fil-A” Bill Despite Opposition by LGBTQ Advocates

Texas has passed the "Save Chick-fil-A" bill, as a response to San Antonio barring the chain from its airport due to its history of anti-LGBT animus.

June 6th, 2019

After the San Antonio City Council voted to prohibit the Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant at the city’s airport due to anti-LGBTQ statements and actions made by the company, a number of Texas legislators responded to this decision and claimed that it violated the First Amendment. Response by Texas Legislature In response to the San Antonio Read More


Tennessee Becomes First Southern State With Transgender Protection Law

The US House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, which is designed to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination in many areas.

May 10th, 2019

Tennessee recently became the first state in the southern part of the country with an affirmation of transgender protection with regards to hate crime law. The term “transgender” includes individuals who have a gender identity or expression that is different from the gender the person was assigned at birth. How Tennessee Previously Handled Transgender Protection Read More


Iowa Decides Landmark Transgender Rights Case

An Iowa City jury ruled in favor of a transgender employee who had faced illegal discrimination based on his sexual orientation and gender identity.

April 24th, 2019

In February 2018, a jury in Iowa City ruled that an Iowa prison warden had discriminated against a transgender worker by denying the worker the ability to use any of the men’s restrooms or men’s locker rooms at the prison. Jurors in the case also found that the state executive branch had discriminated against the Read More