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The Fight for Marriage in Broad, Informed Context

The Fight for Marriage in Broad, Informed Context

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In 2009, attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies vowed to take a legal challenge to Proposition 8, a 2008 California ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage in that state, to the US Supreme Court and win marriage for gay and lesbian couples in all 50 states. What they won there in […]

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Revisited by Second Circuit

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Revisited by Second Circuit

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | As the Second Circuit Court of Appeals was pondering three petitions asking for en banc consideration of whether Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act can be interpreted to ban sexual orientation discrimination as a form of sex discrimination – one petition of which has since been accepted – a […]

With “Religious Liberty” Executive Order, Trump Panders Bigly, But Moves Ball Little

With “Religious Liberty” Executive Order, Trump Panders Bigly, But Moves Ball Little

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | For the second time in his young presidency, Donald Trump has pulled his administration back from an expected executive order explicitly providing sweeping religious exemptions for those wishing to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. “Today’s executive order signing was an elaborate photo-op with no discernible policy outcome,” Anthony D. Romero, the […]

EXCLUSIVE: Schumer Opposes Trump Army Secretary Pick

EXCLUSIVE: Schumer Opposes Trump Army Secretary Pick

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Characterizing President Donald Trump’s nomination of Tennessee State Senator Mark Green as a test of whether he is “serious about his pledge to be a president for all Americans,” New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, is calling on Trump to “abandon” the nomination while pledging to oppose it should […]

Alarms Raised About Anticipated Anti-LGBTQ Order from Trump

Alarms Raised About Anticipated Anti-LGBTQ Order from Trump

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | LGBTQ rights advocates – joined by defenders of women’s health and reproductive freedom – are sounding the alarm about a widely anticipated May 4 executive order from President Donald Trump strengthening the ability of religious organizations and their affiliates as well as other institutions and individuals to claim religious beliefs as a […]

Nebraska High Court Ends Gay Adoption Ban

Nebraska High Court Ends Gay Adoption Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The seven-member Nebraska Supreme Court has unanimously affirmed a lower court decision that the state’s 1995 published policy banning adoptions and foster placements into any household with a “homosexual” in residence was unconstitutional. The ruling also nixed an informal policy adopted more recently by the state’s Department of Health and Human […]

Obama Okays Chelsea Manning’s Release in May

Obama Okays Chelsea Manning’s Release in May

BY ANDY HUMM | Chelsea Manning, the Army private convicted of leaking classified information on US military and diplomatic operations in 2010, had already served more time — almost seven years — than any whistleblower in American history. But President Barack Obama’s commutation of her sentence from 35 years to a release this May 17 […]

Potential Retreat on Comprehensive Civil Rights Push Draws Fire

Potential Retreat on Comprehensive Civil Rights Push Draws Fire

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While not walking back comments she made in a Buzzfeed article about controversial LGBT rights legislation in Pennsylvania, the head of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is revising and extending her remarks after the article sparked criticism and heated comments on social media. The story concerned a measure that […]

In Virginia Case, Fourth Circuit Deals Blow to North Carolina “Bathroom” Provisions

In Virginia Case, Fourth Circuit Deals Blow to North Carolina “Bathroom” Provisions

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, by a 2-1 vote, ruled on April 19 that District Judge Robert G. Doumar erred by not deferring to the federal Department of Education’s requirement that schools let transgender students use restrooms consistent with their gender identity. Doumar dismissed […]

US Judge Says SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling Does Not Apply to Puerto Rico

US Judge Says SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling Does Not Apply to Puerto Rico

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an astonishing departure from established precedents, US District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez of the Puerto Rico District Court, who had dismissed a marriage equality lawsuit in October 2014, has issued a new decision asserting that the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling last June 26 that the Constitution’s 14th Amendment […]

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