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Lambda Seeks Supreme Court Ruling on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Lambda Seeks Supreme Court Ruling on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In what could prove a pivotal step in the long road toward full equality under the law, Lambda Legal has announced it will petition the Supreme Court to decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans employment discrimination because of sex, also bans discrimination that is […]

Seventh Circuit Says US Law Protects Trans Students

Seventh Circuit Says US Law Protects Trans Students

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge federal appeals panel has upheld a trial court’s preliminary injunction requiring a Wisconsin high school to allow a transgender boy to use the boys’ bathroom facilities during his senior year there. The landmark May 30 ruling from the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals represents the first […]

What the Seventh Circuit Said About Sexual Orientation Discrimination

What the Seventh Circuit Said About Sexual Orientation Discrimination

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The full bench of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, substantially advanced the cause of gay rights on April 4, finding that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. Title VII applies generally to private sector employers with […]

Sessions Quickly Begins Retreat on LGBTQ Rights

Sessions Quickly Begins Retreat on LGBTQ Rights

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a clear and disturbing sign that the Justice Department is in full retreat from the Obama administration’s advocacy for transgender students — and trans people, generally — Attorney General Jeff Sessions last Friday evening, just one day after being sworn in, notified the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals the department was […]

Gay Employment Bias Goes Before Full Seventh Circuit    

Gay Employment Bias Goes Before Full Seventh Circuit    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals bench has heard oral argument on the question of whether sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace is illegal as sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The November 30 hearing, in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, marked […]

Another Federal Judge: Gay Plaintiff Can Claim Sex Discrimination

Another Federal Judge: Gay Plaintiff Can Claim Sex Discrimination

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | One of the nation’s most senior federal trial judges, 92-year-old Warren W. Eginton of Connecticut, rejected an employer’s motion to dismiss a sex discrimination claim brought by an openly gay employee under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In a November 17 ruling, Eginton, appointed by Jimmy Carter […]

Appeals Court Declines to Consider Immigrant’s Claim He’s Bisexual

Appeals Court Declines to Consider Immigrant’s Claim He’s Bisexual

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A divided federal appeals panel has denied the effort by a Jamaican immigrant to avoid deportation, deciding that it would accept an immigration judge’s conclusion the man had failed to prove he is bisexual. The 2-1 vote by the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on August 17 affirmed an earlier […]

The Clean-Up Begins

The Clean-Up Begins

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD & PAUL SCHINDLER | With lightning speed last week, actions by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court either upheld or let stand pro-marriage equality rulings in seven states from Virginia to Idaho and also created legal precedents for gay marriage to be extended to another nine states […]

Seventh Circuit Panel, 3-0, Strikes Down Wisconsin, Indiana Marriage Bans

Seventh Circuit Panel, 3-0, Strikes Down Wisconsin, Indiana Marriage Bans

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Just two weeks after coming down hard on attorneys for the States of Wisconsin and Indiana in a heated oral argument, a three-judge panel of the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a unanimous decision on September 4 striking down their bans on same-sex marriage. Writing for the panel, […]

Seventh Circuit Roughs Up Attorneys Defending Indiana, Wisconsin Marriage Bans

Seventh Circuit Roughs Up Attorneys Defending Indiana, Wisconsin Marriage Bans

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A panel of three judges of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, gave a very rough time to attorneys representing the states of Indiana and Wisconsin during oral arguments in marriage equality appeals from those states. The August 26 hearing involved three district court rulings out […]