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Posts tagged ‘LGBTQ rights’

 

Utah Supreme Court Upholds Same-Sex Parents’ Right to Surrogacy

A federal judge previously issued a preliminary injunction that allowed religiously affiliated adoption agencies to refuse same-sex adoptions.

September 10th, 2019

Oral arguments in the case of In Re Gestational Agreement occurred before the Utah Supreme Court in 2017. While this was two years ago, the Utah Supreme Court only recently issued an opinion in this case. Even though the resulting opinion is 75 pages, the decision has the potential to greatly impact the lives of 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


Tennessee Becomes First Southern State With Transgender Protection Law

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

May 10th, 2019

Tennessee recently became the first state in the southern part of the country with an affirmation of transgender protection with regards to hate crime law. The term “transgender” includes individuals who have a gender identity or expression that is different from the gender the person was assigned at birth. How Tennessee Previously Handled Transgender Protection Read More


Alabama Passes Ordinance Protecting LGBTQ Individuals

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

December 25th, 2018

  Earlier this year, Montevallo, Alabama passed an ordinance protecting individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in relationship to housing, employment discrimination, and public accommodations. This is an historic event because Montevallo is only the second city in Alabama to pass an ordinance of this kind. Alabama is one Read More


Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Transgender Name Change Request

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a transgender inmate at a Federal Correctional Complex has good cause to receive 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

Legislators in New York passed a prohibition on “gay and trans panic” defenses in criminal cases in an attempt to end discriminatory legal strategies.

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

Legislators in New York passed a prohibition on “gay and trans panic” defenses in criminal cases in an attempt to end discriminatory legal strategies.

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