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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

In a religious rights case coming before the Supreme Court, the conservative majority will most likely further entrench government support of religion.

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

A prayer group at a West Virginia public school has drawn significant attention from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

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

Lawsuit Announced After School Prayer Prohibited at Football Game

A federal judge will rule in a prayer lawsuit over whether an athletic association violated the first amendment rights of a Christian school.

November 23rd, 2018

A 17-year-old student in Arab City, Alabama recently announced plans to pursue legal action against the Arab City School Board after it rejected his request to conduct a school prayer during a home football game. While it remains uncertain how this case will resolve, it provides a good example of the various conflicts involved in Read More

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Mississippi Anti-LGBTQ Law

The Civil Rights Act encompasses discrimination against LGBTQ workers, the Supreme Court has held.

March 28th, 2018

The United States Supreme Court recently refused to become part of a legal battle against the state of Mississippi regarding an anti-LGBTQ law. The law in question allows both private businesses and state employees to deny services to members of the LGBTQ community based solely on religious grounds. The law took effect on October 10, 2017 Read More

Texas Supreme Court Rules Spousal Benefits Don’t Extend to Same-Sex Couples

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

August 3rd, 2017

The Texas Supreme Court recently declined to extend spousal benefits to same-sex couples. In a unanimous decision, the Texas Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision to extend health and life insurance benefits to same-sex spouses of city employees. The Facts of the Case In 2013, the mayor of Houston ordered the city to extend Read More