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Report: same-sex relationships still illegal in 72 countries
The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) released a report stating that same-sex relationships are still illegal in 72 countries around the world. The report identifies these 72 nations as "criminalising Stat (More)
DOJ: Title VII does not protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an amicus curiae brief on Wednesday urging the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a man who claims he was fired for his sexual orientation. Donald Zarda alleges that (More)
Federal appeals court upholds North Carolina same-sex marriage recusal law
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday upheld North Carolina's Senate Bill 2 , which allows magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages if doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs. The court ruled that the (More)
Supreme Court to hear case of bakery that refused to make wedding cake for same-sex couple
The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case concerning a bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, and Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somer (More)
Federal court lifts injunction on controversial Mississippi religious objection bill
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit lifted an injunction Thursday on a Mississippi law that critics say allows individuals, including government employees, to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people for religiou (More)
Connecticut governor signs 'conversion therapy' ban
Connecticut Governor Danial Malloy on Wednesday signed into a law a measure to ban gay conversion therapy. House Bill 6695 was passed by the legislature to end the practice of using various measures in order to force people to disavow their same (More)
Tennessee governor signs 'natural and ordinary meaning' bill
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Friday signed SB 1085 into law which mandates that undefined laws be given their natural and ordinary meaning. Dubbed the "natural and ordinary meaning" law, it requires that "undefined words be given their natura (More)
Supreme Court declines to hear lawsuit against California ban on gay conversion therapy
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal challenging California's 2012 ban on "gay conversion" therapy. The law , signed by California Governor Jerry Brown , became the first of its kind, barring the so-called therapy that aims to (More)
Missouri appeals court rules frozen pre-embryos are marital property
The Court of Appeals of Missouri ruled Tuesday that frozen pre-embryos, fertilized eggs that are not implanted in the uterus, are legally classified as marital property, and the consent of both parties is required before the pre-embryos can be impl (More)
"License to Discriminate" or "Gay Mafia"? Religious Liberty Bills, LGBT Rights and Anti-Discrimination Law
JURIST Guest Columnist Kaimipono Wenger of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, discusses the rise of anti-LGBT bills in a number of conservative states and opposite reactions to these bills and the fundamental question: do LGBT rights create burdens on r (More)