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Posts tagged ‘LGBT Rights’

 

The Respect for Marriage Act Explained

The U.S. Senate delayed a vote on the Respect for Marriage Act to protect same-sex marriage until after the midterm elections.

January 10th, 2023

In December 2022, the House voted 258 to 169 and the Senate voted 61 to 36 in favor of the Respect for Marriage Act. Not only did enough senators vote in favor of this act to overcome a filibuster, but it received the most votes of any pro-LGBTQ legislation in history. Indeed, many view this Read More


Governor of New York Signs Bills Strengthening Support for LGBTQ Seniors

LGBTQ Seniors in New York state will now have greater access to services including mental and physical care, low-cost meals, and caregivers.

December 9th, 2022

Obtaining access to mental and physical care, low-cost meals, caregivers, and other types of support is now easier for LGBTQ seniors in the state of New York. New York’s Governor Hochul signed a regulation into law, which makes New York the most recent state to increase the offering of its services to individuals over the age Read More


Supreme Court Poised to Hear Another Same-Sex Wedding Case

A woman is challenging an anti-discrimination law that would require her to provide a creative service for a same-sex wedding, thereby violating her beliefs.

December 2nd, 2022

The United States Supreme Court’s fall term will include a same-sex wedding case that will test the limits of religious liberty once again. The Court will consider whether a woman in Colorado can be required to provide services for a same-sex wedding even though she says it violates her religious beliefs. The woman is a Read More


California Prohibits State-Funded Travel to Five States That Recently Enacted Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation

LGBTQ Seniors in New York state will now have greater access to services including mental and physical care, low-cost meals, and caregivers.

November 22nd, 2022

In response to House Bill 1084, California’s government has prohibited all state-funded travel to Georgia. 1084, which was recently passed in Georgia, bans transgender women from playing on athletic teams that match the gender with which they identify. In addition to prohibiting travel to Georgia, California has similarly prohibited state-funded travel to several other states, including Read More


Michigan Legislature Passes Resolution Against LGBTQ Training Session

The Michigan state senate voted to condemn an LGBTQ training session for Michigan educators that it claimed was threatening parental rights.

November 18th, 2022

A dispute regarding an LGBTQ training session in which Michigan teachers were taught how to help LGBTQ students has led to requests that Michigan’s superintendent resign. Training from Michigan’s Department of Education instructed teachers how to discuss a student’s suicidal thoughts with parents without potentially outing the student, and having the student guide that process. Republicans Read More


Senators Postpone Vote on Respect for Marriage Act

The U.S. Senate delayed a vote on the Respect for Marriage Act to protect same-sex marriage until after the midterm elections.

November 15th, 2022

A bipartisan group of Senators voted to delay a bill that would guard the right to both interracial and same-sex marriage. Instead of voting on the measure, Chuck Schumer, who is the leader of the Senate majority, postponed a vote on the legislation until after the midterm elections. It was recently announced that the senate Read More


Virginia Legislature Fails to Remove Same-Sex Marriage Ban from State Constitution

An woman in Oregon is suing the state over its LGBTQ+ adoption policy, arguing that it discriminates against her Christian beliefs.

November 2nd, 2022

In 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued the landmark decision of Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country. Despite this Supreme Court decision, discrimination against same-sex couples remains in countless state constitutions, in the form of bans on same-sex marriage.  Virginia’s state constitution is one of the harshest when it comes Read More


Marital Rights of Same-Sex Couples at Risk of Removal

Because same-sex marital rights also arise from the same 14th amendment protections cited in Roe, LGBTQ+ individuals are worried.

June 17th, 2022

The United States Supreme Court is poised to overturn the constitutional right associated with abortion, which arises from the 14th Amendment. Because same-sex marital rights also arise from the 14th amendment, LGBTQ+ individuals are now worried that their own rights are at risk. Advocates for LGBTQ rights are concerned that if Roe v. Wade is Read More


New Tennessee Law Challenges Same-Sex Unions

Tennessee recently debated a measure that would have challenged same-sex unions in the state by creating heterosexual-only marriage.

June 7th, 2022

The Tennessee legislature recently debated a measure that would have established a new type of marriage reserved for heterosexual couples in the state of Tennessee, thereby challenging same-sex unions in the state. Some people claimed that this new measure would have resulted in financial uncertainty for families while also erasing same-sex marriage and letting older Read More


County Clerk Found to Violate Same-Sex Marriage License Requirement

A Judge recently held that former County Clerk Kim Davis violated the Constitution by denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

May 31st, 2022

In a recently published order, a United States District Judge in Kentucky held that former County Clerk Kim Davis had violated the Constitution by denying marriage licenses to two same-sex couples in 2015. The two couples initially filed lawsuits against the worker in 2015. The importance of this decision is that it finally settles the Read More