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Posts tagged ‘Supreme Court decision’

 

Supreme Court Ruling on Contraceptive Coverage Could Influence LGBTQ Employment Issues

Trump's new regulations were directed primarily toward contraceptive coverage, but they also have implications for LGBTQ individuals in the country.

June 4th, 2020

Last month, the United States Supreme Court heard several important cases regarding contraceptive coverage guaranteed under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. In 2017, the Trump Administration argued for the right to expand a previous exemption to the contraceptive mandate from entities with a religious objection, such as churches, to any entity with a moral objection. Read More


US Supreme Court Hears Two Critical Religious Rights Cases

A high school in Kentucky announced that it will not offer a “Bible literacy” course due to concerns over teaching Bible-based electives in public schools.

May 27th, 2020

Two recent cases (Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrisey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel) heard by the United States Supreme Court have dealt with the role of religious rights in this country. Both of these cases question if two Catholic school instructors qualify as “ministers,” and whether employment discrimination laws are therefore applicable. Read More


Waco Judge Receives Warning Over Refusal to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

A Texas judicial commission recently announced that a Waco-based judge's refusal to perform same-sex weddings violates Obergefell v. Hodges.

January 22nd, 2020

A Texas judicial commission recently announced a public warning to a Waco-based Justice of the Peace over her refusal to perform same-sex weddings. The commission found her refusal to perform same-sex weddings but insistence on performing opposite sex ones violates the 2015 United States Supreme Court’s decision of Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared that the Read More


Over 200 Businesses Sign Brief Supporting LGBTQ Individuals

In July 2019, more than 200 businesses signed a brief that was filed with the Supreme Court in support of three LGBTQ workers who were terminated.

August 6th, 2019

In July 2019, more than 200 businesses signed a brief that was filed with the United States Supreme Court in support of three LGBTQ workers who were terminated as a result of their gender identity or sexual orientation. The brief was organized by several LGBTQ civil rights organizations including the Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Read More


Tennessee Court Dismisses Same Sex Marriage Licenses Lawsuit

A Texas judicial commission recently announced that a Waco-based judge's refusal to perform same-sex weddings violates Obergefell v. Hodges.

June 26th, 2019

A lawsuit against a Bradley County clerk who issued marriage licenses to same sex couples was recently dismissed by a circuit court judge and resulted in plaintiffs considering whether to pursue further legal actions. The lawsuit was initiated by a pastor in Bradley County Court in 2016. The History of the Case The Ninth Circuit Read More


Missouri Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Transgender Student

June 18th, 2019

In a case that is likely to have a significant impact on LGBT rights, the Missouri Supreme Court recently ruled that a discrimination lawsuit initiated by a transgender student in Kansas City is allowed to proceed. Legal action was first brought against the Blue Springs School District in October 2015 after administrators at the school Read More


Education Department Lifts Prohibition on Religious Organizations

A Tennessee school district is being sued for promoting religion, including forced Christian prayer, thereby violating the separation of church and state.

May 3rd, 2019

On the basis of a recent decision by the United States Supreme Court, the United States Education Department recently announced that religiously affiliated organizations will become eligible to offer services to low-income students attending private schools. This law will substantially change the level of interaction that religious organizations have with educational institutions in the country. Read More


The Supreme Court Allows Transgender Military Ban

At the end of January 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States allowed President Trump’s transgender military ban to go into effect.

February 8th, 2019

At the end of January 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States allowed President Trump’s transgender military ban to go into effect, which many LGBT advocates have hailed as a cruel body of regulations. In a 5-to-4 order, the Supreme Court declined to take a stance on the legality of the prohibition, but allowed Read More


Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on Prayer Issue

The Trump administration announced that it updated federal guidance for public school prayer and other regulations designed to promote religious freedom.

January 30th, 2019

The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently supported a ruling by a three-judge panel that prohibits a California district from continuing its prayer policy. In arriving at this decision, the Ninth Circuit explained why the prayers in this prayer policy differed from legislative chaplain prayers which were upheld by the United States Supreme Read More


Man Sues Social Security Administration Over Denial of Benefits

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.

December 18th, 2018

A man in Tucson recently announced legal action against the Social Security Administration for failure to pay spousal survivor benefits after the death of his same sex partner. The man claimed that he would have married his deceased partner in the early 1970s if it had been legal to do so. Instead, the two men Read More