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Posts tagged ‘Supreme Court decision’

 

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One member of a same-sex couple in Alaska was recently denied her 2019 Permanent Fund dividends because of an outdated law prohibiting same-sex marriage.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


Lawsuit Announced After School Prayer Prohibited at Football Game

Lawmakers in Florida are currently considering a bill that would permit pre-game prayers at school-sponsored athletic events.

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

Same-sex couples in Texas are being denied spousal benefits.

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


Religious Rights in the Workplace, Abercrombie & Fitch Discrimination

abercrombie and fitch discrimination

August 11th, 2015

In a decision that may have come as a surprise to many, the Supreme Court found in favor of a woman who filed a lawsuit against a potential employer, which she claimed denied her application for employment because of her religious expression. Since then, the Abercrombie & Fitch discrimination case has changed hiring rules across Read More