Blog Posts

With so much momentum for LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections across the country – as well as many attacks from opponents working to push through anti-LGBT proposals – Freedom for All Americans is here to keep you as informed as possible, with daily blog content providing insight into the latest in this national campaign and the ever-changing landscape of LGBT non-discrimination.

As Pope Tours American Cities, Catholic Support for LGBT Non-Discrimination Surges

By Claire Caldwell • September 22, 2015, 5:28 pm The papal visit is a great chance to reflect on the overwhelming number of Catholics in the United States who support LGBT people - and specifically support comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBT people.

Eye on the Opposition: KY Senator on RFRA’s Discriminatory Motivations

By Erik Maulbetsch • September 22, 2015, 4:10 pm WATCH: When asked about religious freedom Kentucky Senator Rand Paul bluntly states that Kentucky's RFRA law allows public officials the ability to opt out of their duties, a common and dangerous twisting of state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts.

In GOP Debate, Some Candidates Push Religion as an Excuse to Discriminate

By Adam Polaski • September 17, 2015, 10:03 am The GOP presidential candidates discussed a broad range of topics – including discrimination against LGBT Americans.

What It’s Really Like to Lose Your Job Because of Who You Love

By Claire Caldwell • September 16, 2015, 4:32 pm In Georgia, there is no law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. After nearly 31 years of work with an agency, with a long-standing record of excellent performance and only one year until retirement, Connie Galloway was fired. Without statewide protections in Georgia, Connie’s financial security was cut short.

Supermajority of Americans Believe that Fair and Equal Treatment Under the Law Trumps Individual Beliefs, Poll Finds

By Claire Caldwell • September 16, 2015, 10:36 am New poll shows that a 74% supermajority of Americans believe that when a conflict arises, no one should be able to use their religious beliefs to deny equal treatment under the law to others.

Indiana Governor’s Hometown Stands Up for LGBT Rights

By Cameron Tolle • September 15, 2015, 8:43 pm Moments ago, Columbus City Council – which is comprised entirely of Republican members -- unanimously passed a law that will ban discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

The Boston Chamber of Commerce Joins League of Businesses in Support of Transgender-Inclusive Non-Discrimination

By Claire Caldwell • September 15, 2015, 1:47 pm The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce joined nearly 100 other businesses this week in announcing its support of proposed transgender-inclusive non-discrimination legislation.

LISTEN: First Radio Ad from Houston Unites Focuses HERO Fight on Religious Values

By Adam Polaski • August 28, 2015, 11:51 am This week, Houston Unites - the campaign to defend Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) - released its first radio ad.

Pennsylvania Legislators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect LGBT People

By Cameron Tolle • August 26, 2015, 4:22 pm Today, state Sens. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) and Reps. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) and Tom Killion (R-Delaware) introduced the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, which would update the state's 1955 Human Relations Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

Transgender Servicemembers May Be Able to Serve Openly by May 2016

By Adam Polaski • August 26, 2015, 12:32 pm A draft timeline discussing the repeal of the Pentagon's ban on transgender Americans serving openly in the United States military tracks the estimated date of repeal at May 27, 2016.

VIDEO: Osceola County Unanimously Passes LGBT-Inclusive Human Rights Ordinance

By Adam Polaski • August 18, 2015, 12:00 pm Last night, August 17, 2015, the Osceola County Commission voted unanimously to extend non-discrimination protections to LGBT residents.

Colorado Appeals Court: Bakery Cannot Deny Services to Same-Sex Couples

By Adam Polaski • August 13, 2015, 12:27 pm Today, August 13, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that Masterpiece Cakeshop, a bakery in Denver, CO, cannot deny services to same-sex couples.

BIG WIN: Guam Unanimously Approves LGBT-inclusive Workplace Protections

By Adam Polaski • August 12, 2015, 11:15 am This week, the Legislature of Guam, a United States territory, unanimously approved employment non-discrimination protections to island residents based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and military status.

Local Steps Forward: Celebrating Advances Across the Country in August

By Adam Polaski • August 10, 2015, 2:02 pm Here's a look at how LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination has moved forward this month in many states.

Eye on the Opposition: The First Amendment Defense Act’s Extreme Supporters

By Erik Maulbetsch • August 5, 2015, 5:44 pm To understand the true intentions of the so-called "First Amendment Defense Act," one need look no further than the list of cosponsors and supporting organizations.