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Archive for the ‘Supreme Court Decision’ Category.

 

Supreme Court Poised to Hear Landmark Religious Funding Case

The Supreme Court is poised to hear a case that will address the question of whether states can be forced to provide religious funding with taxpayer money.

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 federal judge previously issued a preliminary injunction that allowed religiously affiliated adoption agencies to refuse same-sex adoptions.

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


Over 200 Businesses Sign Brief Supporting LGBTQ Individuals

In July 2019, more than 200 businesses signed a brief that was filed with the Supreme Court in support of three LGBTQ workers who were terminated.

August 6th, 2019

In July 2019, more than 200 businesses signed a brief that was filed with the United States Supreme Court in support of three LGBTQ workers who were terminated as a result of their gender identity or sexual orientation. The brief was organized by several LGBTQ civil rights organizations including the Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Read More


Tennessee Court Dismisses Same Sex Marriage Licenses Lawsuit

A florist who declined to create floral arrangements for a same sex wedding has announced plans to appeal her case to the United States Supreme Court.

June 26th, 2019

A lawsuit against a Bradley County clerk who issued marriage licenses to same sex couples was recently dismissed by a circuit court judge and resulted in plaintiffs considering whether to pursue further legal actions. The lawsuit was initiated by a pastor in Bradley County Court in 2016. The History of the Case The Ninth Circuit Read More


Missouri Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Transgender Student

June 18th, 2019

In a case that is likely to have a significant impact on LGBT rights, the Missouri Supreme Court recently ruled that a discrimination lawsuit initiated by a transgender student in Kansas City is allowed to proceed. Legal action was first brought against the Blue Springs School District in October 2015 after administrators at the school 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.”


The Supreme Court Allows Transgender Military Ban

At the end of January 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States allowed President Trump’s transgender military ban to go into effect.

February 8th, 2019

At the end of January 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States allowed President Trump’s transgender military ban to go into effect, which many LGBT advocates have hailed as a cruel body of regulations. In a 5-to-4 order, the Supreme Court declined to take a stance on the legality of the prohibition, but allowed Read More


Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on Prayer Issue

The Supreme Court is poised to hear a case that will address the question of whether states can be forced to provide religious funding with taxpayer money.

January 30th, 2019

The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently supported a ruling by a three-judge panel that prohibits a California district from continuing its prayer policy. In arriving at this decision, the Ninth Circuit explained why the prayers in this prayer policy differed from legislative chaplain prayers which were upheld by the United States Supreme 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