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Posts tagged ‘LGBT Rights’

 

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


Virginia Legislators Block Effort to Remove Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition

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

May 24th, 2022

A Virginia House subcommittee recently struck down legislation that would have given voters in the state the chance to update the constitution. The legislation in question would have potentially removed a now defunct same-sex marriage prohibition in the Virginia state constitution.  The Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition in the State Constitution In 2006, Virginia passed the Marshall-Newman Read More


Supreme Court Becomes Involved in Christian Website Dispute

A Colorado baker is facing a lawsuit again, this time for his refusal to bake a cake for a transgender transition celebration.

May 13th, 2022

The Supreme Court of the United States recently agreed to hear a challenge by a Christian website designer to a Colorado regulation that prohibits businesses from declining to serve clients due to their sexual orientation. Consequently, the United States Supreme Court will hear an argument addressing whether a regulation compelling an artist to speak or Read More


Michigan Resolves Same-Sex Adoption Lawsuit Involving Catholic Charity

Citing a recent Supreme Court decision, Michigan will revert to contracting with adoption agencies that decline to offer same-sex adoption.

March 18th, 2022

Relying on a United States Supreme Court opinion favoring a Philadelphia Catholic foster care agency, child welfare workers in Michigan recently announced that they will revert to contracting with adoption agencies that decline to offer same-sex adoption. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services resolved a lawsuit with St. Vincent Catholic Charities, which is Read More


Florist Who Refused Same-Sex Service Drops Supreme Court 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 3rd, 2021

A Washington state florist with objections to same-sex marriage recently withdrew a petition before the United States Supreme Court. A Washington state florist who declined to arrange a couple because the florist had religious objections to same-sex marriage recently withdrew a petition before the United States Supreme Court. Rather than pursue the case in a Read More


Same-Sex Couple Challenges Nebraska Over Parental Rights

Two Nebraska women are suing the state over their parental rights as they claim the state discriminates against same-sex couples.

November 16th, 2021

Two women in Omaha and their children recently initiated legal action against the state of Nebraska’s health department after the department rejected the women’s request to be named as legal parents on their sons’ birth certificates. This case questions the role of parental rights held by LGBTQ+ couples. How the Case Arose In 2002, the Read More


Georgia Man Pursues LGBTQ Case in US Supreme Court

The Idaho Governor recently signed two anti-trans bills into law, becoming the first state this year to take aim at the transgender community.

October 30th, 2019

In the last several decades, LGBTQ individuals in the United States have seen tremendous victories that greatly advanced their rights in this country. Some of the decisions that helped advanced these rights include the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn sodomy laws in 2003, extend benefits to same-sex couples in 2013, and to legalize same-sex marriage Read More


Dayton, Kentucky Becomes a “Cool City”

One member of a same-sex couple in Alaska was recently denied her 2019 Permanent Fund dividends because of an outdated law prohibiting same-sex marriage.

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


Illinois Passes Law Requiring LGBTQ History be Taught in Schools

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

September 20th, 2019

In a landmark decision that will likely help to promote the advancement of civil rights, Illinois state now requires LGBTQ history be taught in schools.


Supreme Court Prepares to Hear LGBT Discrimination Cases

One member of a same-sex couple in Alaska was recently denied her 2019 Permanent Fund dividends because of an outdated law prohibiting same-sex marriage.

August 2nd, 2019

In April 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it will hear three cases concerning LGBT discrimination during its fall term. Each of these cases addresses the question of whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from terminating workers as a result of their gender identity or sexual orientation. These Read More