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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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Transgender Man in Louisiana Wins in Employment Discrimination Case

By Adam Polaski • December 7, 2016, 4:09 pm n arbitrator today, December 7, ruled that existing federal law prohibiting employment discrimination based on sex in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also covers discrimination based on gender identity.
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Full Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit Hears Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case Today

By Adam Polaski • November 30, 2016, 11:53 am The case argues, as many courts have ruled in the past, that existing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on sex also extend to discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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Washington State Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Anti-Gay Religious Refusal Case

By Adam Polaski • November 17, 2016, 3:41 pm On Tuesday, November 15 the Washington State Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Arlene's Flowers, a business that violated the Washington state non-discrimination law when she denied service to a same-sex couple seeking her services for their wedding.
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Breaking: U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review in Case of Transgender Student

By Adam Polaski • October 28, 2016, 3:34 pm The United States Supreme Court today announced it would hear arguments in the case of a Virginia transgender teenager, Gavin Grimm, who is challenging a policy in his local school district that singles out transgender students for discrimination.
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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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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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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.