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In Positive Ruling, 2nd Circuit Panel Urges Full Appellate Court to Reconsider Anti-Gay Discrimination Claims

By Adam Polaski • March 27, 2017, 3:44 pm Today a three-judge panel from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Christiansen v. Omnicom Group, a case featuring a gay man suing for employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender stereotyping.
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Washington Supreme Court Unanimously Affirms: Religion Is No Excuse for Anti-LGBT Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • February 16, 2017, 11:41 am Today the Washington Supreme Court released its ruling in Ingersoll v. Arlene's Flowers, a case that questioned at its core whether a person's individual religious beliefs could be used as an excuse to discriminate against a same-sex couple.
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6th Circuit Court of Appeals Allows Ruling in Favor of Transgender Student to Take Effect

By Adam Polaski • December 16, 2016, 12:58 pm By doing so, the school allowed a lower court ruling – which allows a young transgender girl to use the girl's restroom at school without discrimination – to take effect.
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Louisiana Judge Rules Against Governor’s LGBT Executive Order in Attorney General’s Shameful Lawsuit

By Adam Polaski • December 14, 2016, 2:52 pm Today, December 14, 19th Judicial District Court Judge Todd Hernandez issued a ruling against a 2016 executive order in Louisiana protecting LGBT contractors and employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Federal Courts Issue Two Victories for Transgender Students Facing Discriminatory Restroom Policies

By Megan Clayton • September 28, 2016, 10:47 am In a preliminary injunction issued last week in Wisconsin, a federal judge ruled that a school district could not force a transgender boy to use a bathroom separate from other students. In another victory in Ohio, a judge affirmed the Obama Administration's Title IX guidance.
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BIG WIN: Transgender North Carolinians Win Legislative Relief from HB2 in Step Forward

By Megan Clayton • August 26, 2016, 7:21 pm North Carolinians who petitioned a federal court to halt enforcement of the anti-transgender portions of House Bill 2 were vindicated today when a federal judge accepted their request.
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New Lawsuit from Texas Seeks to Block HHS Rule Protecting Transgender Americans in Health Care

By Megan Clayton • August 25, 2016, 5:20 pm A new lawsuit filed yesterday in Texas is attempting to rollback a federal rule meant to protect transgender Americans from health care discrimination. It is the second in a set of cases that seek to rollback the Obama Administration's recent attempts to protect transgender Americans from discrimination.
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In Outrageous Ruling, Judge Grants Request by States Seeking to Roll Back Federal Transgender Protections

By Adam Polaski • August 22, 2016, 9:12 am The lawsuit, at its basest level, is a shameful attack on transgender people with one purpose: To enshrine transgender people as second-class citizens under the law and inflict discrimination into their everyday lives.
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In Unprecedented Distortion, Judge Cites Federal RFRA to Permit Employment Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • August 19, 2016, 9:02 am This is an unprecedented ruling, representative of the ongoing hijacking of the federal RFRA, passed in 1992 with the intent of protecting employees' religious beliefs – not ensuring that employers could use their religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate.
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Montana Supreme Court Affirms LGBT-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Ordinance in Bozeman

By Adam Polaski • August 4, 2016, 11:48 am The Montana Supreme Court this week ruled to effectively uphold the ordinance by affirming a lower court's dismissal of a challenge to the ordinance.
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U.S. Supreme Court Caves to Virginia School Board’s Last-Ditch Attempt to Discriminate Against Transgender Student

By Megan Clayton • August 3, 2016, 4:54 pm Today the United States Supreme Court granted a Virginia school board’s request to put on hold an appellate court ruling that effectively bars the school from discriminating against transgender students.
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Federal Court to Hear Arguments on Anti-Transgender Provisions of North Carolina’s HB2

By Adam Polaski • July 29, 2016, 11:25 pm The hearing on Monday in the case, Carcaño v. McCrory solely focuses on the provision of HB2 that effectively forbids transgender people from using the restroom by ignoring North Carolinians' gender identity and targeting transgender people for exclusion from public places and facilities.
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U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit Rules Against Lesbian Woman Who Faced Employment Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • July 29, 2016, 11:47 am This week the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit rejected claims from a lesbian woman in Indiana who experienced employment discrimination.
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States Join Together in Support of Federal Guidance Respecting Students’ Gender Identity

By Adam Polaski • July 27, 2016, 1:37 pm Today twelve states, led by Washington state, joined together to file a legal brief in federal court underlining their support for President Obama's May 2016 guidance that public schools must respect students' and teachers' gender identity.
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Judge Strikes Down Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT HB1523 Minutes Before It Was to Take Effect

By Adam Polaski • July 1, 2016, 1:01 am Late on June 30 – minutes before the clock struck midnight and the law would have officially taken effect – U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves ruled against House Bill 1523, the anti-LGBT law passed earlier this year by the state of Mississippi.