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Virginia Passes First Statewide LGBTQ Protection Bill in the South

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

March 5th, 2020

The Virginia Values Act was recently passed by both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly, and democratic Governor Ralph Northam has said he will sign it into law. The bill will update Virginia’s nondiscrimination laws and provide additional protection for LGBTQ individuals in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations. Once signed, Virginia will Read More


Ohio Passes Student Religious Liberties Act

A prayer group at a West Virginia public school has drawn significant attention from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

December 6th, 2019

A current rumor persists that the Ohio legislature is considering a bill that will allow students to give wrong answers due to their religious beliefs. In reality, on November 13, 2019, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 164, the “Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2019,” which prompted numerous headlines that described the Read More


Michigan AG Files Motion to Stay Decision on Same-Sex Adoptions

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

November 8th, 2019

Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel recently filed an emergency motion in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan to stay the preliminary injunction permitting adoption agencies to refuse adoptions to same-sex couples while the state pursues an appeal. This action comes after a federal judge previously halted Michigan’s same-sex adoptions rules Read More


Minnesota Circuit Court Allows “Christian Beliefs” Case to Advance

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

October 15th, 2019

A federal appeals court in Minnesota recently revived a lawsuit initiated by a Minnesota couple that challenges a Minnesota state law requiring equal protection of the law for LGBT people in regards to services rendered. This law meant the couple might have to film same-sex weddings since they own a video production company. As a Read More


Supreme Court Poised to Hear Landmark Religious Funding Case

A prayer group at a West Virginia public school has drawn significant attention from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

October 11th, 2019

In the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Supreme Court is poised to hear a case that will address the question of whether states can be forced to underwrite religious education with taxpayer funding. Although courts have previously allowed the government to adopt school-voucher programs that provide indirect government funding to religious Read More


Utah Supreme Court Upholds Same-Sex Parents’ Right to Surrogacy

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

September 10th, 2019

Oral arguments in the case of In Re Gestational Agreement occurred before the Utah Supreme Court in 2017. While this was two years ago, the Utah Supreme Court only recently issued an opinion in this case. Even though the resulting opinion is 75 pages, the decision has the potential to greatly impact the lives of Read More


South Dakota Public Schools Add “In God We Trust” to Walls

A high school in eastern Kentucky’s Pike County has announced its decision to remove prayer lockers from its hallways after receiving complaints.

September 6th, 2019

Many public schools in South Dakota noticed something on their first day back to school: the country’s motto “In God We Trust” has been placed on the walls either as a result of paint or stencils. This is because a new state law recently took effect which requires this message to be displayed in areas Read More


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

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

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.”