Department of Justice Launches Attack on LGBTQ Civil Rights

Department of Justice Launches Attack on LGBTQ Civil Rights

Following the Twitter announcement that the transgender community will no longer be able to serve in the military, the Trump administration (via the Department of Justice) submitted a legal brief yesterday attacking the legitimacy of LGBTQ civil rights. The DOJ submitted the amicus brief in a case about Civil Rights Act Title VII protections in a case where the plaintiff […]

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Trump Bans Transgender Persons From Military Service [UPDATED]

Trump attacked LGBTQ rights by rescinding the Obama transgender Title IX guidelines

Over the course of three tweets this morning, Donald Trump effectively banned all transgender men and women from serving in the military. This announcement flies in the face of previous statements proclaiming himself to be a “real friend” to the LGBTQ community. In the tweets, he said: After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the […]

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Kentucky Judge Refuses To Conduct Non-Religious Wedding

Kentucky Judge Refuses To Conduct Non-Religious Wedding

After requesting a secular marriage ceremony, a couple planning to marry in Trigg County, Kentucky was shocked when a judge refused to marry them claiming he couldn’t perform the ceremony without religious context. The judge – County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander – reportedly told the couple,  “I include God in my ceremonies, and I won’t do one without him.” Mandy Heath and her fiancé Jon are […]

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Planet Fitness Transgender Lawsuit Heads To Michigan Supreme Court

Yvette Cormier is taking her anti - transgender lawsuit against Planet Fitness to the Michigan Supreme Court

Following an unsuccessful lawsuit and appeal against “no judgement” gym Planet Fitness, a Michigan woman is taking her case to the state Supreme Court to argue that she shouldn’t be forced to share locker rooms with transgender women. The complainant – Yvette Cormier – misgendered the trans woman in question (Carlotta Sklowdowska) throughout lower court hearings arguing she was a man […]

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Chick-fil-A Still Funneling Profits to Anti-LGBTQ Organizations

Chick-fil-A

Following national outrage over their funding of several anti-LGBTQ organizations a few years ago, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy announced his company’s charitable arm – the Winshape Foundation – would no longer fund anti-LGBTQ organizations or causes. Claiming Chick-fil-A would “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender,” they considered the matter settled […]

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Supreme Court To Hear Case About LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Laws

Masterpiece Cakeshop

Yesterday the Supreme Court announced it would hear the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. At the center of that case lies the question: does a private business have the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people? We’ve covered Masterpiece at each stage of its legal journey over the years as business owner Jack Phillips insisted his religious beliefs should […]

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Mississippi Religious Liberty Bill HB1523 To Become Law

Mississippi HB1523

Despite at two lawsuits filed to stop it, Mississippi HB 1523 (also known as the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act”) may become law thanks to a federal appeals court ruling this week. The bill enables legal discrimination against same-sex couples, transgender men and women, and any unmarried couple who engages in sexual relations outside the boundaries of marriage. […]

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GA GOP Candidate Karen Handel Attacks LGBTQ Adoption Rights

Karen Handel

On the day before the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, the Republican party’s efforts to elect Karen Handel are taking on new life from using Obama’s voice out of context to attack Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff to using the shooting in Arlington to demonize all Democrats as violent and dangerous. Adding to that hyperbolic campaigning is a fundamental policy […]

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Illinois B&B Fined For LGBTQ Discrimination Loses Appeal

timbercreek bed and breakfast lawsuit

After refusing to accommodate a same-sex civil union ceremony in 2011, TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast in central Illinois lost a court battle waged by the state Human Rights Commission. The commission filed a complaint based on the business’ violation of state public accommodation law forbidding business owners from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. The initial court case came to a […]

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