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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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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Another Look At Gerrymandering

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This week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in an important gerrymandering case on appeal from Wisconsin. Regular readers are undoubtedly tired of my posts about gerrymandering, but this seems an apt time to share remarks I recently made to the Washington Township Democratic Club, summarizing the issues. I’ve always believed that gerrymandering is a frontal assault on democracy, […]

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Former Coach Joe Kennedy Loses Bremerton School District Lawsuit

Joe Kennedy Bremerton High School lawsuit
Photo: Michaela Roman / Kitsap Sun

Former Bremerton High School assistant football Coach Joe Kennedy lost his lawsuit today as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined his request for an injunction allowing him to return to the school and resume proselytizing his Christian beliefs to football players. The lawsuit arose from a conflict that began when the embattled Washington state high school decided not to renew […]

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This Is How The LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement Stalls For A Generation

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Last week two important events happened: the Texas Supreme Court ruled that married LGBTQ couples do not enjoy a right to any of the benefits traditionally associated with the institution of marriage; and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy – contrary to rumors – did not announce his retirement. One of these two events is cause for concern while the […]

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TX Supreme Court: No Government Benefits To Married LGBTQ Couples

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The Texas Supreme Court just ruled that married same-sex couples do not enjoy the right to the same government-related benefits married opposite-sex couples have access to. The decision comes mere days after the United States Supreme Court struck down an Arkansas law that treated same-sex couples differently in having both names on their children’s birth certificates. The Austin Statesman reported today: […]

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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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