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Posts tagged ‘LGBTQ rights’

 

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Transgender Name Change Request

A federal judge in Cincinnati, Ohio recently dismissed a lawsuit against a judge who denied a transgender person’s request for a name change.

November 20th, 2018

A federal judge in Cincinnati, Ohio recently dismissed a lawsuit against a judge who denied a transgender person’s request for a name change. In making this decision, the judge noted that the proper way to challenge a judgment is to appeal rather than to initiate legal proceedings directly against the judge. How the Case was Read More


Clarksdale Passes Non-Discrimination Ordinance

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.

November 2nd, 2018

While Mississippi is one of 30 states that do not have LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination laws, several changes have recently occurred in the state regarding its approach to LGBTQ laws. Most noticeably, local communities in the state, including most recently Clarksdale, have passed LGBTQ-inclusive discrimination ordinances. Efforts by the Human Rights Campaign The creation of local LGBTQ Read More


Directive on Religious Exemption Issued

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.

October 19th, 2018

A directive was recently issued by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs that allows federal contractors to raise religious freedom as a defense when they are charged with job discrimination. The Federal Contract Compliance Program, which is the government agency tasked with making sure that businesses that contract with the federal 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


Louisiana Court Debates Executive Order Concerning LGBTQ Rights

With at least four cases concerning LGBTQ rights headed to the Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh will likely have a substantial influence.

October 31st, 2017

Louisiana’s governor and attorney general are currently debating whether an executive order designed to protect LGBTQ rights in the state government violated constitutional issues. Louisiana’s Governor Edwards has requested an appeals court to reinstate a 2016 order by the governor banning discrimination in government and state contracts based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A Read More


Anti-LGBTQ Laws in the United States

With at least four cases concerning LGBTQ rights headed to the Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh will likely have a substantial influence.

October 12th, 2017

There are a number of laws throughout the United States which currently endanger the lives of individuals who identify as LGBTQ. Sadly, an increasing number of states are in the process of developing additional laws that restrict the rights of LGBTQ individuals. The Washington Post reports that 348 bills since 2013 have been passed restricting Read More


Louisiana Attorney General Blocks LGBTQ Employment Protection

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November 30th, 2016

  The Attorney General of Louisiana has blocked at least 37 state government legal contracts because these documents include language designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals from discrimination in the workplace. In rejecting these contracts guaranteeing LGBTQ employment protection, the Attorney General argues that these contracts cannot require language protecting LGBTQ people Read More


State Law on Religion Not So “Peachy” for Georgia Sports Fans

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June 7th, 2016

Much of the case law surrounding sports and religion in recent history has focused on the high school or collegiate level. The “Friday Night Lights” traditions that bind school age sports stars to their parents and predecessors are often steeped in religion, be it through prayer, cheers, or statements of good luck. For much of Read More


Rise in Faith? Mississippi Religious Law Spurns LGBT, While Promoting One Religion

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May 11th, 2016

Some argue that Mississippi has long been known as one of the most conservative in the nation, with its people and legislature thumbing their noses at many of the federal government’s social reform efforts throughout the course of post-Civil War history. Others claim that the state is merely holding true to its roots and ensuring Read More