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Archive for the ‘State Laws’ Category.

 

Indiana School Suspends Teacher Over Same-Sex Marriage

The US Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case challenging a 94-year-old cross that memorializes deceased World War I veterans in Maryland.

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

New York legislatures in June 2019 passed a bill that will end religious exemptions to vaccines.

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


New Jersey Bill Would Limit Vaccination Exemptions

New Jersey advanced a bill that would require children to receive a vaccination unless their parents explained how it violated their religious beliefs.

June 28th, 2018

  New Jersey law requires school children to receive numerous vaccinations when they reach a certain age, but there are exceptions for parents who want to avoid a vaccination for religious reasons. Some physicians have commented that this loophole in current law is too expansive and can seriously harm children. In response to these concerns, Read More


Anti-LGBTQ Laws Passed by Kansas and Oklahoma

New York legislatures in June 2019 passed a bill that will end religious exemptions to vaccines.

June 22nd, 2018

  In 2018, numerous anti-LGBTQ bills were introduced throughout the United States, but recently some of these laws became bills. Most noticeably, the states of Kansas and Oklahoma recently signed laws that allow adoption and foster care agencies to follow their religious beliefs when placing children with new families. The Details of These Laws In Read More


Washington Passes Law Prohibiting Conversion Therapy

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

June 6th, 2018

  Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee recently signed into law SB 7522, which protects LGBTQ individuals from conversion therapy. The bill is the result of efforts by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equal Rights Washington. These groups have long advocated for the prohibition of conversion therapy throughout the country. In response to this decision, Read More


Supreme Court Declines to Hear Mississippi Anti-LGBTQ Law

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

March 28th, 2018

The United States Supreme Court recently refused to become part of a legal battle against the state of Mississippi regarding an anti-LGBTQ law. The law in question allows both private businesses and state employees to deny services to members of the LGBTQ community based solely on religious grounds. The law took effect on October 10, 2017 Read More


Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act

A bill just passed by the Georgia Senate allows adoption organizations to discriminate against LGBT parents if they invoke sincerely-held religious beliefs.

March 16th, 2018

  Georgia’s Senate recently passed a bill, referred to as SB 375 or the “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act,” that has the potential to enable child welfare organizations to prevent same-sex parents from adopting a child based on the organization’s beliefs. If the bill passes through the Georgia House, adoption organizations would Read More