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Archive for the ‘State Laws’ Category.

 

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


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


Alabama Signs Anti-Abortion Law

Alabama’s governor recently signed an anti-abortion law. In doing so, he claimed that the anti-abortion measure reflects an emphasis on “the sanctity of life."

June 14th, 2019

Alabama’s governor recently signed an anti-abortion law. In doing so, he claimed that the anti-abortion measure reflects an emphasis on “the sanctity of life.”


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

This past spring, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it will hear three cases concerning LGBT discrimination in its upcoming term.

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


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

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.

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