Oklahoma School to Illegally Force Students to Stand During Pledge

Stuart Public Schools in Oklahoma will illegally force students to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

Stuart Public Schools in Oklahoma will require students to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance despite federal law prohibiting public schools from engaging in such conduct. The change in policy comes amid the national discussion about NFL players peacefully kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and systemic racism. According to the new policy: Stuart Public School respects […]

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Houston Student Suspended For Sitting During Pledge of Allegiance

Windfern High School in Houston, Texas expelled 17-year-old India Landry for refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to a lawsuit filed last week, Windfern High School in Houston, Texas expelled 17-year-old India Landry for refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Though she’d been sitting out the pledge for years, on Monday, October 2, 2017 she happened to be in the principal’s office when the pledge began over the school intercom. It was the school administration’s knee-jerk […]

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DOJ Releases Virulently Anti-Gay ‘Religious Liberty’ Memo

Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump

Capping off a week where the Department of Justice rescinded workplace protections for transgender people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a lengthy memo today outlining the DOJ’s intention to allow discrimination through use of ‘religious liberty’ exceptions. The wide-spanning memo never explicitly mentions LGBTQ people, but targets every industry and avenue LGBTQ people have been fighting legal roadblocks to promote […]

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Indefensible: The US Vote Against the UN Death Penalty Resolution

Although the United States and Europe have made impressive strides, both culturally and legally, in the battle against homophobia, that progress has by no means been global in scope. Homosexuality is illegal in over 70 countries, and in 13 of them, the penalty is death. Very few of the issues that come before the United Nations are straightforward, but on […]

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DOJ Rescinds Obama-Era Title VII Transgender Worker Protections

Department of Justice Launches Attack on LGBTQ Civil Rights

Demonstrating once again the Trump administration is no ally to the LGBTQ community, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama administration policy stating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects transgender people from workplace discrimination. The move to remove protections takes action again then-Attorney General Eric Holder’s 2014 policy memo clarifying the Department of Justice viewed transgender discrimination as a form […]

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Identity Versus Behavior: What’s the Legal Difference?

Persecution and Privilege

As the Supreme Court prepares to take up one of the persistent “I won’t bake a cake for ‘those people’” cases, a friend asked me to explain the difference between a merchant who refused to do business with a Neo-Nazi group and one who refused to serve gays or Jews. It’s an important distinction, but not an immediately intuitive one. […]

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Federal Judge Rejects MN Christian Couple’s Anti-LGBTQ Lawsuit

Carl and Angel Larsen of Telescope Media Group

Late last year Minnesota residents Carl and Angel Larsen filed a lawsuit challenging their state’s human rights act. Arguing state law unduly restricts them from discriminating against LGBTQ people in the course of their wedding services company, they sought a preemptive legal exclusion that would allow them to exclusively advertise to and serve heterosexual couples. Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim dismissed their […]

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DOJ Files SCOTUS Brief Defending LGBTQ Discrimination

Masterpiece Cakeshop

In the latest attack on the LGBTQ community, the Trump administration’s Justice Department just filed an amicus brief defending discrimination against LGBTQ people in places of business. The brief argues that business owners have a constitutional right to discriminate against LGBTQ people so long as they couch that discrimination in protected speech and expression founded in religious belief. The Justice […]

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Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Filed By WV Lesbian Couple Over Harassment

Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich

After repeated harassment and verbal abuse in attempting to obtain a marriage license, a West Virginia lesbian couple sued Gilmer County officials over being impeded in exercising their constitutional rights in addition to being harassed in the process. The county reached a settlement with the couple this week that includes a public apology as well as a $10,000 judgment. Trouble […]

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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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