March 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Indiana Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners to turn away customers on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill, approved by a vote of 40-10, will now head to Governor Mike Pence, who is expected to sign it. Proponents of the ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The Oregon House on Tuesday approved House Bill 2307, which prohibits health care professionals from providing therapy to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people. The lawmakers citde the mental and emotional damage the "conversion therapy" can cause and the doubted ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Utah lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation that aims to balance religious rights and protections against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) discrimination in the workplace and housing. The bill, SB 0296, proposes adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Utah's anti- ...[read more]
February 14, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The Arkansas legislature on Friday passed a bill that would prohibit local governments from enacting laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals from discrimination. The proposed purpose of the bill is to improve intrastate commerce by ensuring that businesses in the ...[read more]
February 7, 2015
by Vanessa Griffith
The debate over the legalization of same-sex marriage is one of the most polarizing issues currently facing the American legal community. Several major cases shaped the course of the debate over the past 40 years. Loving v. Virginia is a 1967 US Supreme Court case which declared laws prohibiting ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A criminal court in Paris convicted three people of hate crimes on Tuesday for tweeting homophobic messages on the social media site Twitter. The offenders received fines between 300 and 500 euros for inciting anti-gay sentiments by creating hashtags with messages such as "let's burn the gays," ...[read more]
December 6, 2014
by Brittany Felder
Government officials for the Obama administration, on Friday, announced the coming of new rules intended to decrease racial profiling. These rules, to be released by the Justice Department as an expansion of anti-profiling laws passed in 2003, are expected to impact federal law enforcement ...[read more]
December 2, 2014
by Valerie Howell
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Tuesday that refugees seeking asylum on the basis of homosexuality can not be subjected to tests or interrogations in order to prove their sexual orientation. The court nullified the previous practice of verification based on homosexual stereotypes and ...[read more]
November 20, 2014
by Emelina Perez
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Montana ruled Wednesday Montana's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. In the order US District Court Judge Brian Morris stated that Montana was the last state ...[read more]
November 6, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison ruled Wednesday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The St. Louis Circuit judge ruled that the Missouri Constitution violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. In his opinion, Burlison rejected ...[read more]

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