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Posts tagged ‘discrimination’

 

Dayton, Kentucky Becomes a “Cool City”

The Dayton City Council recently adjourned in applause after the city passed an ordinance to protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination.

September 27th, 2019

The Dayton City Council recently adjourned in applause after the city passed an ordinance to protect LGBTQ individuals. This ordinance includes a regulation that protects against discrimination based on a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation in issues of employment and housing. Unfortunately, the ordinance acknowledges some exceptions when a person is not required to Read More


Trump Administration Proposes Discriminatory LGBTQ Policy

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit initiated by a couple that challenges a law that they feel forces them to violate their "Christian beliefs."

September 18th, 2019

In August 2019, the Trump Administration received substantial criticism when it proposed a policy that would grant some federal contractors the right to discriminate against individuals who do not share the employers’ religious views.  Many organizations who fight for LGBTQ rights have responded that this policy is dangerous, shameless, and unconscionable. This decision also substantially Read More


Washington Florist Plans to Appeal to US Supreme Court

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.

July 26th, 2019

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 after a Washington state court held that the woman violated the state’s civil rights law.  As a result, the Supreme Court of the United States now has the chance 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


Iowa Decides Landmark Transgender Rights Case

South Dakota now requires public schools to prominently display the country's motto "In God We Trust" on walls or plaques.

April 24th, 2019

In February 2018, a jury in Iowa City ruled that an Iowa prison warden had discriminated against a transgender worker by denying the worker the ability to use any of the men’s restrooms or men’s locker rooms at the prison. Jurors in the case also found that the state executive branch had discriminated against the Read More


City of Phoenix Defends Anti-Discrimination Law

The Dayton City Council recently adjourned in applause after the city passed an ordinance to protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination.

November 27th, 2018

The City of Phoenix recently took defensive legal action against a law firm that claims the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance should be declared invalid because companies have the right to refuse service to individuals on the basis of sexual orientation. While it remains uncertain how this case will resolve, it has the potential to profoundly influence 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


Democrats Introduce Bill to Counter Religious Freedom Law

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit initiated by a couple that challenges a law that they feel forces them to violate their "Christian beliefs."

July 19th, 2018

  In May of 2018, Democratic senators introduced a bill to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which according to the original sponsors of the law has been misappropriated and used to discriminate against numerous individual including those who identify as LGBTQ. This bill is significant because it has the potential to change a twenty-five-year-old 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


The First Amendment Defense Act: Another Tool for Bigotry?

Wedding cake at a marriage ceremony

October 30th, 2016

  Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Obergefell v. Hodges, individuals in every single state are allowed to marry one another regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. This ruling impacted not only a couple’s ability to hold themselves out as legally married in the name of love, but also enables a couple to Read More