LGBTQ Legal Issues

88 ABA Journal LGBTQ Legal Issues articles.

Afternoon Briefs: Judges tosses transgender woman’s pageant bias suit; SCOTUS allows indoor church services

Judge tosses suit against pageant company by transgender woman

U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman of Oregon has tossed a lawsuit by a transgender woman who accused a beauty pageant of…

Firm hired by state AG to investigate gay lawyer’s bias claim is protected from suit, court says
The Washington Supreme Court has ruled for a law firm contending that it was protected from lawsuit by a lawyer who claimed that its investigation into his bias claim was negligent.
Afternoon Briefs: Biden lifts transgender military ban; Boston doesn’t have to fly Christian flag, court says

Biden lifts transgender military ban

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday that lifts the Trump administration’s ban on transgender people in the military. “What I’m doing is enabling…

Biden executive orders affect Trump policies challenged in lawsuits
Executive orders, memoranda and proclamations signed by President Joe Biden on Wednesday aim to repeal many Trump administration policies that had been challenged in lawsuits.
Persecuted and marginalized: Black LGBTQ immigrants face unique challenges

About eight weeks after the first COVID-19 diagnosis in the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security shut down all immigration ports of entry to nonessential travel, including immigrants arriving to the southern border seeking asylum. But even as the border closure put a halt to the flow of people trying to enter the country, it created new challenges for immigration lawyer Tsion Gurmu.

Afternoon Briefs: 25 former DC bar leaders decry election suits; ousted 1L presses due process claim

25 ex-DC bar leaders decry election suits

Twenty-five former presidents of the District of Columbia Bar are criticizing lawyers who attacked the electoral process through unfounded allegations of voter fraud…

Ban on therapy to change sexual orientation in minors violates First Amendment, 11th Circuit rules
A federal appeals court on Friday blocked two ordinances on First Amendment grounds in Florida that ban licensed therapists from providing “conversion therapy” to minors.
Barrett asks about precedent in case involving LGBTQ discrimination and religious rights
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett asked questions that appeared to favor both sides during oral arguments Wednesday in a case involving LGBTQ discrimination and religious liberty.
Barrett will join Supreme Court to hear blockbuster religious freedom case

The justices are reviewing Philadelphia’s decision to exclude Catholic Social Services, an agency of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, from its foster care system over the church agency’s refusal to abide by the city’s nondiscrimination policy.

Chemerinsky: SCOTUS considers whether religious freedom also means freedom to discriminate
On Nov. 4, the U.S. Supreme Court again will face one of the country’s most divisive constitutional issues: Does the First Amendment’s protection of speech and religion provide a basis for violating laws that prohibit discrimination against gays and lesbians?
Senate confirms Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

The U.S. Senate on Monday evening confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate approved Barrett by a vote of 52 to 48. The only Republican to vote against her confirmation was Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

As SCOTUS confirmation hearing ends, a ‘well qualified’ Barrett avoids controversy and opinions
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett remained unflappable during her confirmation hearing this week, as she politely deflected questions about her views on cases establishing rights to abortion and same-sex marriage.
Thomas and Alito blast same-sex marriage decision as SCOTUS declines Kentucky clerk’s case
U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. on Monday blasted the high court’s 2015 decision finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage for its “cavalier treatment" of religious objections to such unions.
SCOTUS is back in session amid a loss, a heated election and a world health crisis

The U.S. Supreme Court reconvenes for its new term on Oct. 5 with grief in the air after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a confirmation battle and election controversies swirling all around it and the court’s operations still disrupted by the pandemic.

Barrett spoke at program to inspire Christian worldview in law; critics fear influence of ‘dogma’
Critics suggest that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s religious views will influence her opinions on abortion and LGBTQ rights. They point to her frequent participation in an event for law students and in a charismatic Christian group called People of Praise as evidence.

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