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Supreme Court Takes Up School Bathroom Issue

Supreme Court Takes Up School Bathroom Issue

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a case that could have significant implications for how the courts view gender identity discrimination – and perhaps sexual orientation, as well – the Supreme Court, on October 28, announced it will review the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., which upheld […]

Texas AG Wins Temporary Halt to Obama Order Giving Trans Students Access to Bathrooms Nationwide

Texas AG Wins Temporary Halt to Obama Order Giving Trans Students Access to Bathrooms Nationwide

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district judge in Wichita Falls, Texas, has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Obama administration’s requirement that schools allow transgender students to use restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity – in a ruling that straightjackets current government efforts to advance that policy. Judge Reed O’Connor’s August 22 […]

Supreme Court Blocks Virginia Trans Boy’s Bathroom Access

Supreme Court Blocks Virginia Trans Boy’s Bathroom Access

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The US Supreme Court, in granting a Virginia school district a stay of a federal district court’s June 23 preliminary injunction, has blocked, for now, a transgender boy’s access to appropriate restroom facilities at the high school he attends. The August 3 decision by the high court freezes Judge Robert […]

Resistance on Bathrooms, Marriage Sparks Flood of Litigation

Resistance on Bathrooms, Marriage Sparks Flood of Litigation

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | May has brought a flood of litigation over LGBT rights in the federal courts. With the month not even at its mid-point, half a dozen lawsuits have been filed in US district courts related to either the transgender bathroom issue or continuing state-level resistance to marriage equality. First out of the […]

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 […]

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 […]