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Posts tagged ‘LGBT Rights’

 

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


Supreme Court Divided Over Cake Case

Democrats introduced a bill to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which they say has been used to discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

January 19th, 2018

The Supreme Court of the United States appears to be divided on a case concerning the refusal by a Colorado bakery to design a wedding cake for same sex couples. During the hearing of the cake case before the Supreme Court, the justices asked specific and probing questions of legal counsel on each side. Different 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


Mississippi’s Religious Exemption Law May Head to Supreme Court

Democrats introduced a bill to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which they say has been used to discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

December 15th, 2017

Mississippi’s HB 1523 is a religious exemption law that passed in 2016 as a response to the US Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to allow same-sex couples to marry nationwide.  It is a virulently anti-LGBTQ law that allows both government workers and private companies to refuse to offer their services to LGBTQ individuals on the basis 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


New Jersey Passes Pro-Trans Law for the State’s Public Schools

Transgender public school students in New Jersey will be protected from discrimination thanks to a new law signed by Governor Christie.

November 10th, 2017

  A group of newly signed pro-trans bills includes a law that public schools in New Jersey will not be able to force transgender students to use bathrooms or locker rooms that conflict with their gender identities. Instead, public schools are required to offer reasonable alternative arrangements to make sure that students remain safe and Read More


Affordable Housing for Seniors in New York

Montevallo, Alabama passed an ordinance earlier this year protecting individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

September 19th, 2017

Statistics reveal that there are close to 600,000 LGBT individuals living in New York City, of which 100,000 are senior citizens. About 48% of LGBT same sex couples who applied for affordable housing, however, have suffered discrimination in relationship to living conditions. An organization called SAGE has taken up efforts to create affordable housing for Read More


Supreme Court Scheduled to Hear Bakery Case

Democrats introduced a bill to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which they say has been used to discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

August 24th, 2017

  The United States Supreme Court announced at the end of June that the court will hear a case involving a bakery owner who refused to make a cake for a couple on the basis of the baker’s religious views concerning same-sex couples. The case is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court in October. Read More


The First Amendment Defense Act

LGBT USA Flag New discriminatory legislation

June 21st, 2017

The First Amendment Defense Act is proposed legislation that has encountered several obstacles in the course of the Act’s attempt to become a bill. The First Amendment Defense Act prohibits the federal government from taking any type of action against an individual or corporation that discriminates against LGBTQ individuals. More specifically, the First Amendment Defense Read More


LGBTQ Individuals Excluded from Census

Americans included in the next census.

June 19th, 2017

Numerous Congress members recently urged the Trump administration to include statistics about how many LGBTQ individuals live in the United States when the government conducts its next census. In a letter that was sent to the Trump administration, these members of Congress asked that the administration clarify the reasons behind the decision to leave this Read More