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The Cynicism in Trump Picking on Trans Kids

The Cynicism in Trump Picking on Trans Kids

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With the Trump administration’s reversal last week on the federal government posture toward schools allowing transgender youth to access bathrooms appropriate for their gender identity, the new president has taken aim at the most vulnerable portion of the LGBTQ community — in fact, one of the most marginalized segments of American […]

North Carolina HB2 Repeal Fails

North Carolina HB2 Repeal Fails

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Amidst an overheated war between North Carolina’s Republican Legislature and its new Democratic governor-elect, the Legislature has cratered a deal to which it had agreed under which it would repeal its notorious HB 2 – known nationally (and mockingly) as the “bathroom bill” – in return for the Charlotte City Council […]

Resistance on Bathrooms, Marriage Sparks Flood of Litigation

Resistance on Bathrooms, Marriage Sparks Flood of Litigation

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | May has brought a flood of litigation over LGBT rights in the federal courts. With the month not even at its mid-point, half a dozen lawsuits have been filed in US district courts related to either the transgender bathroom issue or continuing state-level resistance to marriage equality. First out of the […]

Freedom to Marry: The Party

Freedom to Marry: The Party

BY ANDY HUMM | The US Supreme Court’s decision opening marriage to same-sex couples in all 50 states has mostly been celebrated two-by-two as long-denied rights were granted in clerks’ offices across the South and Midwest. But the campaign of Freedom to Marry, which worked to coordinate grassroots, political, and legal efforts on the issue for […]

EEOC Steps Up Consideration of Sexual Orientation Claims    

EEOC Steps Up Consideration of Sexual Orientation Claims    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While no federal law bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has accepted roughly 2,500 cases alleging such discrimination over the past 18 months based on the legal theory that this is discrimination based on sex. “About two years ago, the […]

In a Fast-Moving Case, Virginia Attorney General Won’t Defend Marriage Ban

In a Fast-Moving Case, Virginia Attorney General Won’t Defend Marriage Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Recently inaugurated as attorney general of Virginia, Democrat Mark Herring, who had run on a platform supporting same-sex marriage, was immediately faced with a strategic decision. The attorney general’s office represents the state’s registrar of vital records, Janet M. Rainey, the lead defendant in two federal lawsuits challenging Virginia’s constitutional and statutory […]

Implementing DOMA Repeal Faces Some Hurdles

Implementing DOMA Repeal Faces Some Hurdles

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | With the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) declared unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court on June 26, the more complicated task of implementing federal recognition for married gay and lesbian couples has begun. “We applaud the administration’s quick action on important programs like immigration and federal employee benefits,” wrote Rose Saxe, […]

Edie Windsor Claims Her Victory –– and Ours

Edie Windsor Claims Her Victory –– and Ours

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “Internalized homophobia is a bitch,” Edie Windsor told a jam-packed news conference at Manhattan’s LGBT Community Center just two hours after the US Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Windsor was saying that for a long time during her 44-year relationship with her late spouse Thea Spyer, […]

Legal Advocates Voice Concerns About ENDA Religious Carve-Outs

Legal Advocates Voice Concerns About ENDA Religious Carve-Outs

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While the introduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in Congress in late April was greeted with cheers by many, four legal groups said that the bill’s religious exemption was an invitation to some employers to discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. ENDA would ban discrimination based on […]

Scholars, Advocates Respond to Supreme Court Action

Scholars, Advocates Respond to Supreme Court Action

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As Arthur S. Leonard reported, the Supreme Court on December 7 announced on December 7 that it would review the Ninth Circuit’s Proposition 8 ruling and the New York-based Second Circuit’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), but in both cases it indicated it would hear […]

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