Washington florist seeks OK from Supreme Court to refuse service to gays

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
Comments: 0

A Washington State florist who refused to service a gay couple’s wedding for religious reasons is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse state court rulings that she violated the state’s LGBT non-discrimination law.

Barronelle Stutzman, the sole owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Wash., filed the petition for certiorari on Friday before the U.S. Supreme Court asserting the rulings against her violate her freedom of speech and religion.

Continue Reading >>

Gay man wins UK court battle for equal pension rights

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

Share this story:

LONDON (AP) – A gay British retiree has won a legal battle to secure the same occupational pension rights for his husband that a wife would enjoy.

Five judges at the Supreme Court, Britain’s highest court, ruled that if John Walker died, his husband would be entitled to a spouse’s pension, provided they stay married.

Continue Reading >>

Conservatives want Houston same-sex spousal benefits halted amid case

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Conservative activists are seeking an injunction blocking Houston from paying same-sex spousal benefits to its municipal employees, after Texas’ Supreme Court ruled last week that same-sex couples may not be entitled to them.

Attorneys filed a motion July 7 in District Court in Harris County, which includes Houston.

Continue Reading >>

Supreme Court next stop for argument gays protected under Title VII

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
Comments: 0

The legal team behind a lawsuit seeking redress for a Georgia worker allegedly fired for being a lesbian is poised to seek review from the U.S. Supreme Court, potentially setting up a decision establishing a nationwide prohibition on anti-gay workplace discrimination.

The plan came about after the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta refused on Thursday to rehear “en banc,” or before the full court, a three-judge panel decision against Jameka Evans, a security guard who claims she was targeted for harassment and effectively terminated from her job at Georgia Regional Hospital for being a lesbian.

Continue Reading >>

Texas court questions right of benefits for same-sex spouses

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gay spouses may not be entitled to government-subsidized workplace benefits, the Texas Supreme Court ruled June 30 in a unanimous decision that was quickly condemned by gay-rights groups.

The court overturned a lower court’s decision that favored same-sex marriage benefits, ordering the issue back to trial. Social conservatives hope the case will help them chip away at the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing gay marriage.

Continue Reading >>

Supreme Court rules for lesbian parents in Ark. birth certificate case

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
Comments: 0

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed Monday an Arkansas high court ruling allowing the state to refuse to place a lesbian parent’s name on the birth certificate of their child if the parent isn’t the birth mother.

In the case of Pavan v. Smith, the court in a per curiam decision issued a summary reversal of the Arkansas Supreme Court decision on the basis it contravened the 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges extending marriage equality nationwide, which was handed down exactly two years to the day of the reversal.

Continue Reading >>

Supreme Court agrees to hear gay wedding cake refusal case

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
Comments: 0

On the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s sweeping decision in favor of marriage equality, the court announced it had agreed to review a case in which a Colorado bakery refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple.

The Supreme Court announced in its orders list on Monday it had agreed to take up the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission in the aftermath of the court’s periodic conference on Thursday. It takes a vote of at least four justices to grant a writ of certiorari — or agree to take a case — but the names of which justices voted that way isn’t made public.

Continue Reading >>

Rumors surround Justice Kennedy exit, but he’s not talking

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

WASHINGTON (AP) – As one justice settles into his new job at the Supreme Court, is another about to leave?

Eighty-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy is so far refusing to comment on speculation that he may soon retire after 29 years on the court.

Continue Reading >>

Supreme Court rejects challenge to California ‘ex-gay’ therapy ban

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
Comments: 0

For the second time, the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a lawsuit challenging the California law barring widely discredited “ex-gay” conversion therapy for minors.

The court announced in an order list on Monday it had refused to hear the litigation seeking to overturn the law signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown in 2012. The law has been the subject of lawsuits on the basis it violates freedom of speech and religion, but has been upheld as constitutional.

Continue Reading >>

2nd Circuit (again) finds anti-gay discrimination legal under Title VII

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
Comments: 0

In a case filed by a now deceased gay skydiver who alleged sexual-orientation discrimination in the workforce, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals April 18 declined to accept the legal argument that anti-gay discrimination is prohibited under current federal civil rights law.

In a 13-page decision, the three-judge panel cites a 2000 decision in the Simonton case, a 2nd Circuit ruling that determined Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of the 1964, which bars sex discrimination in the workforce, doesn’t apply to sexual orientation. As a result of that precedent, the panel concludes Title VII cannot be applied in the pending case, named Zarda v. Altitude Express.

Continue Reading >>

Va. GOP gubernatorial candidates make anti-trans comments

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
Comments: 0

Share this story:

Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart on Saturday said he would sign a bill that is equivalent to North Carolina’s House Bill 2.

“As governor, I will absolutely prohibit any locality from doing any such thing and promoting transgenderism in any way, shape or form,” he said at a forum the Amherst County Republican Party sponsored. “It’s absolutely horrendously despicable.”

Continue Reading >>

Federal appeals court rules civil rights law covers LGBTQ workers

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

CHICAGO (AP) – Companies cannot discriminate against LGBTQ employees in the workplace because of their sexual orientation, a federal appeals court said, in a ruling that a gay rights group called a “game changer.”

The 8-to-3 decision April 4 by the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is likely to lead to a battle before the Supreme Court over the interpretation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This is because a three-judge panel in Atlanta ruled the opposite three weeks ago.

Continue Reading >>