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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Anti-Atheist San Antonio Mayor Loses Run-Off Election

San Antonio mayor Ivy Taylor

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor (the politician who blamed atheism for generational poverty claiming people without religion are “broken”) lost her mayor seat in a run-off election against opponent City Council member Ron Nirenberg. In the weekend election, Nirenberg took 55% of the total vote besting Taylor by a full ten points. Local ABC affiliate KSAT 12 reported, “Following a Saturday runoff […]

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50 Years of Loving: The End of Interracial Marriage Bans

Loving v Virginia

Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a historic decision that would set foundational legal precedent for equality and the fundamental Constitutional right to get married. A year before she died in 2008, Mildred Loving – the namesake at the center of the landmark case Loving v. Virginia – made statements reaffirming the fight for equality and linking […]

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DeVos “Refuses To Affirm” Protection for LGBTQ Students

Betsy DeVos “Refuses To Affirm” Protection for LGBTQ Students

In her second appearance before Congress in two weeks, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee and refused “to affirm” whether her department would protect LGBTQ students from discrimination. The refusal to answer questions on her intentions follows a contentious hearing late last month before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in which DeVos argued […]

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Michigan Farmer’s Lawsuit Calls For Legal LGBTQ Discrimination

Michigan Farmer Country Mills Orchard Lawsuit Calls For Legal LGBTQ Discrimination in East Lansing

An apple farmer near East Lansing, Michigan is suing the city over its Human Rights ordinance that forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation. Because of the existing policy, he is not able to sell his produce at the local outdoor farmers market because it requires all vendors to adhere to the ordinance in order to participate. Just The Facts The AP reported: A Michigan […]

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DeVos Refuses To Protect LGBTQ Students From Discrimination

Betsy DeVos Refuses To Protect LGBTQ Students From Discrimination

Speaking before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education yesterday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos argued she could see no situation where the federal government should step in to protect students from discrimination in schools. Her remarks were in response to questions from Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) focusing on a school in Indiana that has a policy of expelling and/or denying […]

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