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Take a look at all the litigation related to LGBTQ non-discrimination that Freedom for All Americans is tracking. For every LGBTQ-related case, visit Equality Case Files.



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Walsh & Nance v. Friendship Village of South County

Case Concerning Housing Discrimination

Key Date: July 25, 2018 • Suit Filed in U.S. District Court
Status: Suit Filed, Awaiting Trial Date
Legal Team: NCLR, ACLU of Missouri
Type: Housing Discrimination

Married couple Mary Walsh and Bev Nance sought housing at the Friendship Village of South County , a senior housing community in St. Louis, Missouri. Friendship Village told Walsh and Nance that it would not accept them as residents because it followed the “Biblical definition” of marriage and “defined marriage as between a man and a woman.” Friendship Village is not affiliated with or operated by any religion or religious order, is open to the public, and does not inquire about the religious beliefs or affiliations of residents.

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Marouf v. Azar

Case Concerning Discrimination in Adoption

Key Date: June 18, 2018 • Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Filed by Plaintiffs
Status: Pending Before U.S. District Court of District of Columbia
Legal Team: Lambda Legal
Type: Other LGBT Litigation

On May 28, 2018, the defendant's legal team filed a motion to dismiss; on June 18, Lambda Legal filed opposition to the motion on behalf of their clients.

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Hands On Originals v. Baker

Case Seeking Religious Exemption From Local Nondiscrimination Ordinance

Key Date: May 12, 2017 • Kentucky Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Plaintiff
Status: Pending Appeal Before the Kentucky Supreme Court
Legal Team: Alliance Defending Freedom
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

In May 2017, the Kentucky Appeals Court overturned a lower ruling that determined Hands On Originals had discriminated against an LGBTQ organization when it refused to print t-shirts for a Pride organization.

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Sharonell Fulton et al. v. City of Philadelphia

Case Concerning Discrimination in Adoption

Key Date: November 6, 2018 • Oral Argument Scheduled Before 3rd Circuit
Status: Pending Before 3rd Circuit
Legal Team: The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Type: Other LGBT Litigation

On June 5, lawyers for the plaintiff filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to prevent the city of Philadelphia from terminating a contract with Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia..

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Telescope Media Group v. Lindsey

Case Seeking Religious Exemption from LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Laws

Key Date: October 16, 2018 • Oral Argument Before 8th Circuit
Status: Awaiting Ruling from 8th Circuit
Legal Team: Alliance Defending Freedom
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

Carl and Angel Larsen own a video production company but seeks to preempt Minnesota's Human Rights Act (MHRA) which prevents discrimination in business.

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Department of Fair Employment and Housing vs. Cathy’s Creations, dba Tastries Inc.

Case Concerning Public Accommodations Discrimination

Key Date: June 19, 2018 • Awaiting Appeal
Status: Awaiting Appeal
Legal Team: Freedom of Conscience Fund
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

On June 19, 2018, the state department in the case dropped their appeal of a ruling from a County Superior Court Judge in favor of the defendant. However, the couple intends to appeal the decision on their own.

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Cervelli v. Aloha Bed & Breakfast

Case Concerning Public Accommodations Discrimination

Key Date: July 11, 2018 • Petition for Review by Hawaii Supreme Court Filed By Defendants
Status: Pending Appeal Before Hawaii Supreme Court
Legal Team: Lambda Legal
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

In February 2018, the Hawaii Court of Appeals upheld a decision from the First Circuit Court of Hawaii in 2013 that Aloha Bed & Breakfast had violated the state's public accommodations law and ordering that the business stop discriminating against same sex couples. ADF has filed a petition for review before the Hawaii Supreme Court, with Lambda Legal expected to file their response soon.

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Brush & Nib Studio v. City of Phoenix

Case Seeking Religious Exemption from LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Laws

Key Date: July 11, 2018 • Plaintiffs Seek AZ Supreme Court Review
Status: Pending Appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court by Plaintiff
Legal Team: Alliance Defending Freedom
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

On June 7, Alliance Defending Freedom indicated it would appeal to the AZ Supreme Court following the Arizona Court of Appeals' ruling, which upheld the city of Phoenix's nondiscrimination ordinance that protects LGBTQ from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations.

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Gerald Lynn Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia

Case Alleging Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

Key Date: May 30, 2018 • Petition for Writ of Certoriari before the Supreme Court of the United States
Status: Awaiting Review of Supreme Court Petition
Legal Team: Buckley Beal, LLP
Type: Employment Discrimination

On May 10, Gerald Lynn Bostock's appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals was denied, upholding a lower court's dismissal of the case.

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Starkville Pride v. City of Starkville

Case Concerning Discrimination Against LGBTQ People

Key Date: March 6, 2018 • City of Starkville reverses anti-LGBTQ decision
Status: Resolved, with Victory for LGBTQ Plaintiffs
Legal Team: Private Counsel and Campaign for Southern Equality
Type: Other LGBT Litigation

Plaintiffs Mississippi State University students Bailey McDaniel and Emily Turner filed the federal lawsuit and asked a judge to overrule the city's decision to block the planned parade and immediately grant a parade permit to Starkville Pride.

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Dumont v. Lyon

Case Concerning Adoption Agencies' Ability to Deny Service to LGBTQ People

Key Date: September 14, 2018 • Court Refuses to Dismiss Case
Status: Pending before District Court
Legal Team: ACLU
Type: Other LGBT Litigation

Dumont v. Lyon is a case challenging a Michigan law that allows state-funded adoption agencies to cite religion as a reason for turning away foster parents or adoptive parents based on their sexual orientation. 

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Doe v. Volusia County School Board

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: April 4, 2018 • Motion for Preliminary Injunction Denied
Status: Headed to Trial in 2018
Legal Team: NCLR & Private Counsel
Type: Discrimination Targeting Transgender Students

A school in Florida is refusing to respect the gender identity of transgender students, including a young transgender male, identified as John Doe. 

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Horton v. Midwest Geriatric Management, LLC.

Case Concerning Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation Under Title VII

Key Date: December 21, 2017 • District court ruling against plaintiff
Status: Pending before 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
Legal Team: Private Counsel & Lambda Legal
Type: Employment Discrimination

After Mark applied for, interviewed, was offered, and accepted a job at Midwest Geriatric, LLC, the job offer was rescinded, following his disclosure to management that he was married to a man. 

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J.A.W. v. Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: August 3, 2018 • Plaintiff's Request for Preliminary Injunction Granted
Status: Pending before District Court
Legal Team: ACLU of Indiana
Type: Discrimination Targeting Transgender Students

The school district is refusing to respect the gender identity of transgender students, including a young transgender male, J.A.W. Since Indiana is in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which recently ruled that discriminating against transgender students violates Title IX of the Education Amendments, the school must comply with the student's request.

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Schawe-Lane v. Amazon

Case Concerning Employment Discrimination Based on Gender Identity Under Title VII

Key Date: April 11, 2018 • Parties Stipulate to Dismissal of Claims
Status: Filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Legal Team: Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund
Type: Employment Discrimination

Transgender Defense and Education Legal Fund (TLDEF) has filed a lawsuit in the 6th District Court regarding employment discrimination by Amazon against Allegra Schawe-Lane, a transgender woman, and her husband, Dane Lane.

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