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Governor of New York Signs Bills Strengthening Support for LGBTQ Seniors

LGBTQ Seniors in New York state will now have greater access to services including mental and physical care, low-cost meals, and caregivers.

December 9th, 2022

Obtaining access to mental and physical care, low-cost meals, caregivers, and other types of support is now easier for LGBTQ seniors in the state of New York. New York’s Governor Hochul signed a regulation into law, which makes New York the most recent state to increase the offering of its services to individuals over the age Read More


Supreme Court Poised to Hear Another Same-Sex Wedding Case

A woman is challenging an anti-discrimination law that would require her to provide a creative service for a same-sex wedding, thereby violating her beliefs.

December 2nd, 2022

The United States Supreme Court’s fall term will include a same-sex wedding case that will test the limits of religious liberty once again. The Court will consider whether a woman in Colorado can be required to provide services for a same-sex wedding even though she says it violates her religious beliefs. The woman is a Read More


Five New Jersey Towns Accused of Violating Same-Sex Marriage Laws

Five New Jersey towns restricted the availability of marriage licenses to opposite-sex couples and excluded nonbinary applicants.

November 25th, 2022

Five New Jersey towns were recently issued notices of violation by the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR). These towns had details on their websites that restricted the availability of marriage licenses to opposite-sex couples and excluded applicants for marriage with nonbinary gender identities. Same-Sex Marriage in New Jersey Same-sex couples in New Jersey Read More


California Prohibits State-Funded Travel to Five States That Recently Enacted Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation

LGBTQ Seniors in New York state will now have greater access to services including mental and physical care, low-cost meals, and caregivers.

November 22nd, 2022

In response to House Bill 1084, California’s government has prohibited all state-funded travel to Georgia. 1084, which was recently passed in Georgia, bans transgender women from playing on athletic teams that match the gender with which they identify. In addition to prohibiting travel to Georgia, California has similarly prohibited state-funded travel to several other states, including Read More


Virginia Legislature Fails to Remove Same-Sex Marriage Ban from State Constitution

Last year, bills were passed to begin repealing Virginia's invalid same-sex marriage ban that remains in its state constitution.

November 2nd, 2022

In 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued the landmark decision of Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country. Despite this Supreme Court decision, discrimination against same-sex couples remains in countless state constitutions, in the form of bans on same-sex marriage.  Virginia’s state constitution is one of the harshest when it comes Read More


Supreme Court Decides Maine Must Fund Religious Instruction

The Supreme Court recently ruled that Maine must fund religious instruction at parochial schools if it also funds private, secular education.

October 28th, 2022

This past June, the U.S. Supreme Court further eroded the separation between church and state by ruling that the state of Maine must fund private religious instruction if it also funds private secular instruction. In the case of Carson v. Makin, all six conservatives on the Supreme Court decided denying public funds to private religious Read More


Investigation Considers Whether Vermont School Discriminated Against LGBTQ+ Students

Vermont’s Department for Children and Families investigated a Christian school over potential discrimination against LGBTQ+ students.

October 13th, 2022

Vermont’s Department for Children and Families began investigating a Christian school in Bennington last year over potential discrimination against LGBTQ+ students. After a former Vermont state secretary of education tweeted a screenshot of a page from a handbook published by the school which labeled homosexuality as “sinful and offensive to God,” the state began its investigation. The Read More


Virginia Passes Law Guarding Outward Religious Faith Expressions

Virginia’s governor recently signed a law protecting outward religious faith expressions in the Commonwealth.

October 7th, 2022

Virginia’s Governor recently signed a law supporting the Commonwealth’s guards for the exercise of religious freedom. The law explains that freedom of religion encompasses any faith expressions displayed outwardly. The measure, House Bill 1063, revises Virginia law in various realms, including employment, housing, and public accommodation. Virginia had previously not defined religion, and with this new bill Read More


Lawsuit Emerges Over Ohio Medical Conscience Clause Allowing Denial of Treatment to LGBTQ+ Individuals

West Virginia's governor signed an abortion restriction into law, making the state the second to restrict abortion since the fall of Roe.

October 4th, 2022

A recent lawsuit claims that the “medical conscience clause” in an over $70 billion budget bill goes against the terms of the single-subject requirement found in Ohio’s Constitution. This clause lets medical professionals decline to provide services to individuals based on their religious, ethical, or moral beliefs. Ohio’s single-subject regulations prohibit legislatures from placing policies in bills Read More


Marital Rights of Same-Sex Couples at Risk of Removal

Because same-sex marital rights also arise from the same 14th amendment protections cited in Roe, LGBTQ+ individuals are worried.

June 17th, 2022

The United States Supreme Court is poised to overturn the constitutional right associated with abortion, which arises from the 14th Amendment. Because same-sex marital rights also arise from the 14th amendment, LGBTQ+ individuals are now worried that their own rights are at risk. Advocates for LGBTQ rights are concerned that if Roe v. Wade is Read More