Newly Constituted Supreme Court Issues Key LGBT Rights Ruling

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that states must list married same-sex couples on their children’s birth certificate. The per curiam decision (which means it was the decision of the court, acting as a unit) reaffirmed the Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which recognized a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. LGBT rights advocates hailed the ruling … Continued

Leaked Draft of Trump’s “Religious Freedom” Order Takes Direct Aim at LGBTs

A leaked copy of a draft executive order titled “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” signals sweeping plans by the Trump administration to legalize discrimination, even by private companies and religious organizations.  The draft order cites religious belief as grounds for its broad application: “Americans and their religious organizations will not be coerced … Continued

Wyoming Just Took Aim at LGBTs

Last week, with little fanfare, a bill was introduced into the Wyoming state legislature. House Bill 135, also called the Government Nondiscrimination Act, would legalize discrimination against the LGBTQ community, so long as the discrimination is done for religious or “moral” reasons. The act is sponsored by three Republican representatives and two Republican senators. Specifically, … Continued

Tennessee’s Anti-LGBT Measure Goes Farthest Yet To Deny Services

[DIGEST: Huffington Post, New Civil Rights Movement] Monday evening, the Tennessee legislature passed HB 1840, a measure that will allow therapists and counselors to legally refuse service to the state’s LGBT residents. But lawmakers did not pass the bill before agreeing to a change demanded when the measure was introduced last Wednesday; the bill’s original … Continued

Mississippi Passes Most Anti-LGBT “Religious Freedom” Bill To Date

[DIGEST: New Civil Rights Movement, Clarion Ledger, Buzzfeed] Wednesday evening, the Mississippi Senate approved a sweeping anti-LGBT religious freedom measure. Republican lawmakers hold a majority in both chambers; they believe the bill addresses issues created for people of faith by the Supreme Court’s 2015 marriage equality ruling. House Bill 1523, or the “Protecting Freedom of … Continued

North Carolina’s End Run Around Marriage Equality

SECOND NEXUS PERSPECTIVES A small, frail woman in her early eighties walks into a post office on Cape Hatteras Island, North Carolina. She steps up to the counter with a few packages. “I’d like to mail these, please.” “And what are we mailing today?” “Hanukkah gifts. Regular mail is fine.” The clerk glances at the … Continued

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