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Virginia Court Considers Transgender Name Change Request

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a transgender inmate at a Federal Correctional Complex has good cause to receive a name change.

January 4th, 2019

The Virginia Supreme Court recently ruled that a transgender inmate at the Federal Correctional Complex in Petersburg may be entitled to change her name to reflect her identity. In making its decision, the court held that the Petersburg Circuit Court had erred in denying the inmate’s application for a name change without considering the merits. Read More


Montana Court Strikes Down Tax Credit

The Montana Supreme Court recently struck down a tax credit for donations that fund scholarships for students at private schools.

January 1st, 2019

The Montana Supreme Court recently struck down a tax credit for donations that fund scholarships for students at private schools on the basis that these credits are a type of unconstitutional aid offered to attend religiously affiliated schools. In its decision, the court said that the $150 tax credit is designed to aid private schools Read More


Alabama Passes Ordinance Protecting LGBTQ Individuals

Montevallo, Alabama passed an ordinance earlier this year protecting individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

December 25th, 2018

  Earlier this year, Montevallo, Alabama passed an ordinance protecting individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in relationship to housing, employment discrimination, and public accommodations. This is an historic event because Montevallo is only the second city in Alabama to pass an ordinance of this kind. Alabama is one Read More


Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Transgender Name Change Request

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a transgender inmate at a Federal Correctional Complex has good cause to receive a name change.

November 20th, 2018

A federal judge in Cincinnati, Ohio recently dismissed a lawsuit against a judge who denied a transgender person’s request for a name change. In making this decision, the judge noted that the proper way to challenge a judgment is to appeal rather than to initiate legal proceedings directly against the judge. How the Case was Read More


California Supports Law Protecting LGBTQ Senior Citizens

California’s Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a new bill into law that supports the inclusion of LGBTQ senior citizens in state-provided programs.

November 16th, 2018

California’s Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a new bill into law that supports the inclusion of LGBTQ seniors in state-provided programs. This measure marks a significant advancement in the rights of LGBTQ senior citizens in the state. The Number of California Senior Citizens Affected Equality California reports that 10.9 million Californians will be over the Read More


Indiana School Suspends Teacher Over Same-Sex Marriage

Recently in Indiana, a Catholic high school teacher was placed on administrative leave after it was determined that she joined in a same-sex marriage.

October 26th, 2018

Recently in Indiana, a Catholic high school teacher was placed on administrative leave after it was determined that she had had a same-sex marriage. The school responded that workers are expected to support the Catholic Church’s doctrines including that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Later, the teacher communicated through Facebook that Read More


Lawsuit Filed Against Religious School Prohibitions

Three families recently initiated legal action in the US District Court over a Maine law that prohibits tuition reimbursements for religious schools.

September 13th, 2018

Three families in Maine recently initiated legal action in the United States District Court in Bangor against the commissioner of the Maine Department of Education over a law that prohibits tuition reimbursements for religious schools. For several decades, this law has stated that secondary schools are able to pay tuition for students who attend public Read More


Hawaii Supreme Court Issues Influential Decision

After a Hawaii court issued a decision that a bed and breakfast discriminated in denying a room to a same-sex couple, the Hawaii Supreme Court unanimously upheld it.

August 16th, 2018

After a Hawaii appeals court issued a decision that a bed and breakfast discriminated in denying a room to a same-sex couple, the Hawaii Supreme Court rejected an appeal of the lower court’s ruling. While this case stands in contrast to a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding discrimination, it represents the decision Read More


Ohio Considers Requiring Teachers to Report Transgender Students

a federal judge in Michigan ruled that a lawsuit challenging the power of religious affiliated adoption agencies can proceed.

August 2nd, 2018

Ohio’s legislature recently introduced House Bill 658, which would require teachers to immediately inform parents if any signs of gender dysphoria are noticed. “Gender dysphoria” refers to the conflict that occurs between a person’s physical gender and the gender with which the person identifies. While the bill has had a committee hearing already, it has Read More


Michigan Adds LGBTQ Protections to Civil Rights Department

With at least four cases concerning LGBTQ rights headed to the Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh will likely have a substantial influence.

July 11th, 2018

A Michigan state commission recently determined that protections against discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation are included in Michigan’s current ban on sex discrimination. This recent decision came after a 5-0 vote by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission approving this interpretation of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. As a result of this decision, Read More