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New Jersey Codifies Same-Sex Marriage Statute

New Jersey recently passed a law to enshrine same-sex marriage rights into state law, after over a decade of efforts to do so.

January 25th, 2022

A bill introduced in the winter of 2020 codifying same-sex marriage into New Jersey statute was only recently advanced past the New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee on a vote of 4 to 0. New Jersey’s Assembly Bill 5367 states that laws addressing both civil unions and marriages should be interpreted with gender-neutral intent. Since 2013, Read More


Christian Children’s Home Initiates Legal Action Against Biden Administration Over Same-Sex Couples

A Christian children’s home initiated legal action over a regulation that requires the agency to place children in same-sex couples' homes.

January 18th, 2022

A Christian children’s home located in Tennessee recently initiated legal action against the federal government over a regulation that requires the agency to place children in the homes of same-sex couples that are either in marriages or cohabiting.  The Children’s Home Involved in the Case The “Holston Home” is a nationally accredited Christian nonprofit located Read More


Court Issues Decision Following Firing of LGBTQ+ Teacher

An Indiana appellate court issued a ruling in a case initiated by a man who was fired from his job as a teacher at a Catholic high school.

January 11th, 2022

An Indiana appellate court issued a ruling in a legal proceeding initiated by a man employed as a teacher at an Indiana Catholic high school following his termination. The teacher was fired from Cathedral High School because he was in a same-sex marriage, which sparked a debate about the rights of LGBTQ teachers in Catholic Read More


Texas Legislator Targets Same-Sex Marriage

A Texas legislator is now attempting to pass a law that would abolish the right to marriage between same-sex individuals in the state.

December 21st, 2021

In the summer of 2021, the state of Texas passed its controversial “heartbeat bill” addressing abortion and banning the procedure after 6 weeks, before most women know they are pregnant and with no exception for incest and rape. This legislation appears to have been just a starting poinA Texas legislator is now attempting to pass Read More


Federal Court Allows Catholic School to Fire Teacher in Same-Sex Marriage

A federal court in Indiana recently ruled that a Catholic school could refuse to renew the employment contract of a gay guidance counselor.

December 14th, 2021

The United States District for the Southern District of Indiana recently ruled that a Roman Catholic school and its archdiocese could refuse to renew the employment contract of a guidance counselor. The counselor in question entered into a same-sex marriage after spending years at the school in various capacities ranging from choral director to guidance Read More


Florist Who Refused Same-Sex Service Drops Supreme Court Case

A Washington state florist with objections to same-sex marriage recently withdrew a petition before the United States Supreme Court.

December 3rd, 2021

A Washington state florist with objections to same-sex marriage recently withdrew a petition before the United States Supreme Court. A Washington state florist who declined to arrange a couple because the florist had religious objections to same-sex marriage recently withdrew a petition before the United States Supreme Court. Rather than pursue the case in a Read More


Charlotte Passes Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

The city of Charlotte, North Carolina recently passed an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect its LGBTQ citizens from discrimination.

November 26th, 2021

When House Bill 2, or HB2, was passed in North Carolina in 2016, the city of Charlotte lost its ability to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect the rights of its LGBTQ citizens. Indeed, the reputation of Charlotte as a progressive city was called into question as HB2 banned Charlotte and other cities from passing Read More


Same-Sex Couple Challenges Nebraska Over Parental Rights

Two Nebraska women are suing the state over their parental rights as they claim the state discriminates against same-sex couples.

November 16th, 2021

Two women in Omaha and their children recently initiated legal action against the state of Nebraska’s health department after the department rejected the women’s request to be named as legal parents on their sons’ birth certificates. This case questions the role of parental rights held by LGBTQ+ couples. How the Case Arose In 2002, the Read More


Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Catholic Charity

A Christian children’s home initiated legal action over a regulation that requires the agency to place children in same-sex couples' homes.

October 28th, 2021

The United States Supreme Court recently held that the City of Philadelphia went too far in applying its anti-discrimination law to a Catholic charity after it declined to permit same-sex parents to adopt foster children. The justices in this case noted that the Constitution permits a religious freedom exception to anti-discrimination laws. Importantly, the case Read More


Tennessee Law Addresses School Bathrooms

Picture of a gendered bathroom

June 19th, 2021

Tennessee’s Governor recently signed legislation that prohibits transgender students and staff from using bathrooms or locker rooms that conform to their gender identity. The bill limits communal school bathrooms and locker rooms to be used by people depending on their  “biological sex” at the time of birth. The bill also requires schools to provide “reasonable Read More