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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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Parents for Privacy v. Dallas School District

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: July 11, 2019 • Oral Argument Before 9th Circuit
Status: Awaiting Decision from 9th Circuit
Legal Team: ACLU, ACLU of Oregon, Basic Rights Oregon
Type: Discrimination Targeting Transgender Students

Dallas School District in Oregon has long had a policy respecting the gender identity of transgender students – but in 2017 an anti-LGBTQ organization filed a lawsuit challenging this policy, on behalf of several non-transgender students, who claim their privacy is threatened by transgender students using the restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity.

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Kadel v. Folwell

Case Concerning Discrimination in Health Care

Key Date: March 11, 2019 • Initial Complaint Filed
Status: Pending before District Court
Legal Team: Lambda Legal & TLDEF
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

Kadel v. Folwell is a case filed by Lambda Legal and TLDEF on behalf of North Carolina public employees, some who are transgender and others who are the family members of transgender people.

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New Hope Family Services v. Sheila J. Poole

Case Concerning Discrimination in Adoption and Foster Care

Key Date: February 19, 2019 • Hearing Before District Judge
Status: Hearing scheduled for February 19, 2019
Legal Team: Alliance Defending Freedom
Type: Other LGBT Litigation

The lawsuit centers on the state of New York's position that adoption and foster care agencies licensed by the state may not discriminate against prospective parents.

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Wittmer v. Phillips 66

Case Concerning Employment Discrimination Based on Gender Identity Under Title VII

Key Date: February 6, 2019 • Ruling Issued Against Plaintiff by 5th Circuit
Status: Awaiting Further Action
Legal Team: Private Counsel
Type: Employment Discrimination

The case centers on Nicole Wittmer, who was offered employment with Phillips 66 after a job interview, but her job offer of employment was rescinded after her transgender status was disclosed.

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R.M.A v. Blue Springs R-IV School District

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: April 25, 2018 • Oral Argument Before MO Supreme Court
Status: Pending before Missouri Supreme Court
Legal Team: Private Counsel
Type: Discrimination Targeting Transgender Students

A school in Missouri is refusing to respect the gender identity of transgender students.

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Harold Lampley and Rene Frost v. Missouri Commission on Human Rights

Case Concerning Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation Under State Law

Key Date: April 25, 2018 • Oral Argument Before MO Supreme Court
Status: Pending before Missouri Supreme Court
Legal Team: Private Counsel
Type: Employment Discrimination

This case concerns two employees of the Missouri Department of Social Services claiming employment discrimination under Missouri's current human rights laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Aloha Bed & Breakfast v. Cervelli

Case Seeking Religious Exemptions from LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Laws

Key Date: March 18, 2019 • Supreme Court Denies Review in Case
Status: Resolved
Legal Team: Lambda Legal
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

Aloha Bed & Breakfast v. Cervelli concerns a business owner in Hawaii who denied service to a same-sex couple because of their sexual orientation.

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Walsh & Nance v. Friendship Village of South County

Case Concerning Housing Discrimination

Key Date: May 29, 2019 • Case Put On Hold Pending SCOTUS Resolution in Title VII Cases
Status: Pending before 8th Circuit
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 Foster Care

Key Date: August 28, 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: August 22, 2019 • Kentucky Supreme Court Oral Argument
Status: Appeal Pending 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: October 10, 2019 • Briefs Opposing Cert Due to U.S. Supreme Court
Status: Pending before U.S. Supreme Court
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: August 23, 2019 • Ruling Issued by 8th Circuit
Status: Ruling issued in favor of business seeking anti-LGBTQ exemption
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: September 16, 2019 • Ruling from the AZ Supreme Court Review
Status: Limited Ruling in Favor of Business Seeking Anti-LGBTQ Exemption
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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