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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

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

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


Satanist Group Challenges Missouri Abortion Law

A group of Satanists is challenging a Missouri law that requires women who want an abortion to receive a booklet stating that life begins at conception.

March 2nd, 2018

  A group of Satanists at an organization called the Satanic Temple recently challenged a Missouri law that requires women who want an abortion to receive a booklet stating that life begins at conception. They took their case to the Missouri Supreme Court by arguing that this requirement violates the religious beliefs of women. This Read More


LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Law Passed in Morgantown, West Virginia

While Mississippi is one of 30 states that do not have LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination laws, several changes have recently occurred on the local level.

February 2nd, 2018

  Morgantown, West Virginia recently passed a non-discrimination law to protect LGBTQ individuals as part of a human rights ordinance. This addition came when the seven-person Morgantown City Council voted unanimously to add non-discrimination language to the city’s existing ordinance. While this might seem like a small change, Morgantown is only the 11th city in Read More


California Becomes First State to Approve LGBTQ History Books

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

January 5th, 2018

  The state of California recently became part of LGBTQ history when its Board of Education approved 10 history textbooks that include LGBTQ events for K-8 classrooms. This decision made California the first state to approve of such textbooks. More interestingly, the California Department of Education rejected two textbooks that did not include details about Read More


Michigan Civil Rights Commission Urged to Adopt Interpretive Statement

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

November 28th, 2017

In two letters from August, 41 House and Senate members urged the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to adopt an interpretive statement to expand a law’s application. Concurrently, the group Equality Michigan asked the commission to contemplate whether they should investigate sexual orientation and gender identity complaints under the definition of sex discrimination that is already Read More