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Religious B&B Owner Loses Bid to Discriminate

Religious B&B Owner Loses Bid to Discriminate

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Intermediate Court of Appeals of Hawaii has affirmed a ruling by the state’s First Circuit Court that an owner-occupied bed & breakfast violated the state’s public accommodations law by refusing to rent a room to a lesbian couple from California seeking vacation accommodations. The opinion for a three-judge panel of […]

Bronx Lawsuit Lingers as Salvation Army Works to Improve Image    

Bronx Lawsuit Lingers as Salvation Army Works to Improve Image    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A lawsuit brought by a lesbian couple that charges the Salvation Army with discrimination based on sexual orientation could derail efforts by the agency to convince LGBT Americans that it does not discriminate against LGBT employees and clients. Tamara Lobban, who worked for a women’s shelter that was run by the Salvation Army […]

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 […]

No Hobby Lobby Out for Upstate “Wedding Barn”

No Hobby Lobby Out for Upstate “Wedding Barn”

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) has found that a rural wedding venue that denied a lesbian couple use of its facility violated the state’s Human Rights Law. In the August 8 ruling –– first reported in the Albany Times Union –– Acting Commissioner Helen Diane Foster […]