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Trump Trans Military Ban Keeps Catching Flak

Trump Trans Military Ban Keeps Catching Flak

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Two federal district judges and a US magistrate judge have issued new rulings — largely adverse to the government — in lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s policy to ban military service by transgender individuals. After the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to lift Seattle District Judge Marsha Pechman’s […]

SCOTUS Sends Florist Case Back to Washington State Court

SCOTUS Sends Florist Case Back to Washington State Court

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On June 25, the Supreme Court finally acted on a petition by an anti-gay litigation group that sought review of a unanimous Washington State Supreme Court decision affirming a lower court ruling that found a florist had unlawfully discriminated in refusing to sell wedding flowers to a same-sex couple. The high […]

Anti-Gay Colorado Baker Prevails in Narrow Ruling

Anti-Gay Colorado Baker Prevails in Narrow Ruling

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The US Supreme Court ruled on June 4 that overt hostility to religion tainted the decision process at the Colorado Civil Rights Commission when it ruled that baker Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop had unlawfully discriminated against Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins in 2012 by refusing to make them […]

Appeals Court Finds Sex Bias in Trans Funeral Director’s Firing

Appeals Court Finds Sex Bias in Trans Funeral Director’s Firing

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on March 7 that a Michigan funeral home violated federal anti-discrimination law by terminating a funeral director who announced she would be transitioning during her vacation and return to work as a woman. Rejecting a ruling […]

Decisive Win for Lesbians in Oregon Cake Case

Decisive Win for Lesbians in Oregon Cake Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a case that is — for all practical purposes — a virtual clone of the Colorado case, Masterpiece Cakeshop, argued at the US Supreme Court last month, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals of Oregon affirmed a ruling by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) […]

Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Headed to Supreme Court?

Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Headed to Supreme Court?

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In one of two significant legal developments regarding challenges to Mississippi’s notorious HB 1523, which enshrines in state law a special privilege for people claiming religious and moral objections to LGBTQ people to discriminate against them, Lambda Legal has announced it will petition the Supreme Court on whether the Fifth Circuit […]

A Frontline Activist and a Singularly Joyful Human Being

A Frontline Activist and a Singularly Joyful Human Being

BY ANDY HUMM | Outside the Upper East Side’s Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue, Edie Windsor’s comrades from the grassroots marriage equality movement lined up more than an hour and a half early to make sure they would get a seat inside for her September 15 memorial service. These were the people from Marriage Equality New […]

Pentagon’s Discretion in Trump Trans Military Directive

Pentagon’s Discretion in Trump Trans Military Directive

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Under the cover of a Category 4 hurricane bearing down on Texas — or as Donald Trump would characterize it, taking advantage of all the eyes glued to TV because of it — the president on August 25 issued a formal “memorandum” to the secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security spelling […]

New Supreme Court Term Could Be Blockbuster

New Supreme Court Term Could Be Blockbuster

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court’s term beginning on October 2 and extending through the end of June may become a blockbuster term for LGBTQ legal issues. The court has already agreed to review the Colorado Court of Appeals’ decision that the First Amendment’s free speech and religious freedom protections do not shield a […]

Unfit King Questions Trans Troops’ Fitness

BY ED SIKOV | After initially issuing a major military policy shift by tweet, Mad King Rump made it official the other day, albeit in a modified form. Transgender people will no longer be permitted to join the armed services, but those already serving may or may not be allowed to continue their service, to be […]

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