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Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Exemptions from Gay Rights Laws

Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Exemptions from Gay Rights Laws

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The US Supreme Court, on June 26, agreed to hear an appeal of a Colorado Court of Appeals ruling that Jack C. Phillips does not have a First Amendment right for his business, Masterpiece Cakeshop, to refuse an order to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The high […]

Washington Florist Loses Her Bid to Discriminate at State High Court

Washington Florist Loses Her Bid to Discriminate at State High Court

BY ARTHUR LEONARD | Continuing an unbroken string of appellate rulings finding that businesses cannot refuse to supply goods or services for same-sex marriages in jurisdictions that ban sexual orientation discrimination, the nine members of the Washington State Supreme Court have unanimously ruled that a flower shop acted illegally in denying a gay couple floral […]

Two Fed Judges Okay Trans Students’ Bathroom Claims

Two Fed Judges Okay Trans Students’ Bathroom Claims

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Within days of each other, two federal district judges issued preliminary injunctions requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity. Judge Algenon L. Marbley of the Southern District of Ohio, based in Cincinnati, issued his order on September 26 against the Highland Local School […]

In North Carolina, US Judge Bans H.B. 2 Enforcement at UNC

In North Carolina, US Judge Bans H.B. 2 Enforcement at UNC

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction brought by attorneys for three transgender plaintiffs who are challenging North Carolina’s notorious “bathroom” law, H.B. 2, based on their claim that it violates their rights under Title IX of the 1972 federal Education Amendments Act. The Richmond-based Fourth Circuit Court of […]

Cake Baker Refusenik Seeks Supreme Court Review

Cake Baker Refusenik Seeks Supreme Court Review

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A cake baker has filed a petition with the US Supreme Court seeking review of last August’s Colorado Court of Appeals decision rejecting his appeal of a state Civil Rights Commission ruling that his business unlawfully discriminated against a gay male couple in in refusing to sell them an appropriately-decorated cake […]

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 […]

Court Bars Catholic School From Discriminating Against Married Gay Employee

Court Bars Catholic School From Discriminating Against Married Gay Employee

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Since marriage equality became legal nationwide, one question that has arisen but not been clearly answered is whether religious institutions can freely discriminate in their employment practices against married gay couples by relying on statutory religious exemptions in anti-discrimination laws or on constitutional claims. In a case involving a food […]

Anti-Gay Billionaire Seeks City Deal to Stage Flushing Meadow Music Fest

Anti-Gay Billionaire Seeks City Deal to Stage Flushing Meadow Music Fest

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A company owned by Philip Anschutz, a leading funder of anti-LGBT organizations and candidates for public office, has applied to produce a major music festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens in 2016. Anschutz, a billionaire who lives in Colorado, operates the Anschutz Company, which owns oil and gas companies, […]

Baker Denying Gay Couple a Wedding Cake Loses Appeal    

Baker Denying Gay Couple a Wedding Cake Loses Appeal    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals has affirmed that state’s Civil Rights Commission ruling against Masterpiece Cakeshop, Inc., and its proprietor, Jack C. Phillips, for its refusal to provide services to a gay couple celebrating their wedding. The August 13 ruling continues an unbroken string of court […]

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Virginia’s Marriage Ban

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Virginia’s Marriage Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 ruling, has declared Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The July 28 ruling did not go into immediate effect, and the two county clerks who are defending the ban –– Governor Terry McAuliffe and fellow Democrat […]

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