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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


New Tennessee Law Challenges Same-Sex Unions

Tennessee recently debated a measure that would have challenged same-sex unions in the state by creating heterosexual-only marriage.

June 7th, 2022

The Tennessee legislature recently debated a measure that would have established a new type of marriage reserved for heterosexual couples in the state of Tennessee, thereby challenging same-sex unions in the state. Some people claimed that this new measure would have resulted in financial uncertainty for families while also erasing same-sex marriage and letting older Read More


Oklahoma Bill Proposes Fining Teachers With Anti-Christian Messages

Oklahoma considers a bill that would permit fining teachers if they provide opposing views to the religious beliefs of students. 

May 20th, 2022

An Oklahoma republican legislator recently introduced a bill that would permit fining teachers and initiating legal action against them if they provide an opposing viewpoint to any religious beliefs held by a student.  The Measure on Fining Teachers Oklahoma Senator Rob Standridge introduced Under the Student’s Religious Belief Protection Act, which proposes fining teachers $10,000 Read More


South Dakota Excludes Transgender Women From Women’s School Sports Teams

Transgender women and girls in South Dakota will be prohibited from competing on school sports teams with cisgender women.

May 17th, 2022

Transgender women and girls in South Dakota will be prohibited from competing on sports teams with cisgender girls and women at qualifying colleges and schools. This prohibition comes after the state’s governor signed a law addressing women in sports. South Dakota’s Governor Kristi Noem’s decision to sign the regulation, which promptly made its way to Read More


Kansas Same-Sex Couple Struggles to be Listed as Parents on Birth Certificate

A same-sex couple in Kansas has been denied the right to be listed on their child's birth certificate due to discriminatory intent.

February 1st, 2022

Almost 7 years after the Obergefell decision, parts of the country are still deciding how to address some aspects of family life for LGBTQ+ individuals. Parents, as well as prospective parents, are still denied equal rights under the law in various situations. The following considers challenges faced by an LGBTQ+ couple in Kansas who are Read More


New Jersey Codifies Same-Sex Marriage Statute

The Supreme Court will hear a case brought by a Christian website designer who wants to be able to refuse service to LGBTQ customers.

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


Texas Legislator Targets Same-Sex Marriage

A Virginia House subcommittee recently struck down legislation that would have removed the state’s prohibition of same-sex marriage.

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


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


Supreme Court Poised to Hear Religious Rights Case

In a religious rights case coming before the Supreme Court, the conservative majority will most likely further entrench government support of religion.

November 19th, 2021

In a major religious rights case about to be heard by the United States Supreme Court, a conservative-dominated court might move American law even further in support of religion. A current trend in the court is towards increased religious liberty rights. This case traces back to the 2014 Hobby Lobby ruling, which ruled in favor 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