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Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Anti-LGBTQ Mississippi Law

Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Anti-LGBTQ Mississippi Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the Houston-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved a preliminary injunction and dismissed two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that protects people acting on anti-LGBTQ views from adverse action by state and local governments there. On June 30 of last year, US District Judge Carlton […]

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 […]

The Anti-LGBTQ Siege Begins in Earnest

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The LGBTQ community never had any illusions about Donald Trump. Despite the billionaire TV celebrity having lived in Manhattan his entire adult life and mainstream media suggestions that he is the friendliest Republican president to date, we had his number from the start. That’s why only 14 percent of us gave […]

Gorsuch Pushes Court Balance to the Right

Gorsuch Pushes Court Balance to the Right

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | When Justice Antonin Scalia died last February, then-candidate Donald Trump said that if he were elected he would appoint somebody in the mold of Scalia to take his place. That statement came in the context of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement that his Republican majority would not consider, much […]

Obama LGBTQ Protections Safe, Or a Trump Head Fake?

Obama LGBTQ Protections Safe, Or a Trump Head Fake?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Amidst all the confusion created by White House senior advisor Steve Bannon’s “shock and awe” campaign during the Trump administration’s opening days, the president’s team may just have faked out the LGBTQ media. On Monday, widespread reports by media outlets and online sites warned that Trump was about to issue an […]

Trump Goes With Scalia Acolyte for High Court

Trump Goes With Scalia Acolyte for High Court

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In a brief White House event that was nationally televised, Donald Trump nominated a conservative federal circuit court judge often compared to Justice Antonin Scalia to fill the US Supreme Court seat that was left vacant by Scalia’s death in early 2016. “You’ve entrusted me with a most solemn assignment,” Neil […]

In Indiana, County Clerk Can’t Refuse to Issue License   

In Indiana, County Clerk Can’t Refuse to Issue License   

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district court has ruled that an Indiana deputy county clerk has no protected religious grounds on which to refuse to carry out her official duty to process a marriage license application from a same-sex couple. Ruling in an employment discrimination case brought under Title VII of the 1964 […]

Trump Tower’s Troubling Shadow

Trump Tower’s Troubling Shadow

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Not that it should surprise anyone, but President-elect Donald Trump is off to a disquieting start, one that offers little comfort — other than a few cheap words, “And I mean everyone,” in his YouTube infomercial this week — that he truly aims to unite the entire country. Let’s look at […]

The Presidential Election and LGBT Law    

The Presidential Election and LGBT Law    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Trump/ Pence ticket’s victory will have profound effects for LGBT law, and not just on the federal level. Some short-term effects should become apparent soon after the inauguration in January, while others may unfold for a generation or more. Perhaps the most visible will be the impact on the […]

“The Most Anti-LGBT Platform” Ever

“The Most Anti-LGBT Platform” Ever

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a year when the Human Rights Campaign argues, “The Trump-Pence ticket is the gravest threat the LGBTQ community has ever faced in a presidential election,” even the Log Cabin Republicans, who for decades have struggled to make lemonade out of the lemons in front of them, declared the platform adopted at […]

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