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Americans United And Allies File Legal Brief In Support Of Transgender Woman Fired By Michigan Funeral Home

Religious-Liberty Organizations And Faith Leaders Argue Business Owner Can’t Cite Religious Beliefs To Justify Discrimination

Americans United for Separation of Church and State was joined by 76 faith leaders and 13 religious and civil-rights organizations in urging a federal appeals court to rule that a Michigan funeral home had violated a transgender employee’s civil rights when it fired her for wearing women’s clothing in accordance with her gender identity.

In A Suburban Chicago School Board Race, Transgender Rights Won

A suburban Chicago school board race this spring was seen as a referendum on transgender rights. According to Tuesday’s unofficial election results, transgender rights won.

Over a year ago, the school board for Township High School District 211 in the Palatine-Schaumburg area northwest of Chicago approved a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

U.S. Supreme Court Sends Landmark Transgender Rights Case Back To Lower Court

The U.S. Supreme Court on March 6 decided to take a pass on hearing its first transgender-rights case in light of a shift in policy by the Trump administration.

In a brief order, the high court sent the case, Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., back to a lower court for more proceedings.

New Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Oppose Discrimination In The Name Of Religion

The confirmation hearing for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald J. Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, got under way yesterday, with some senators mentioning religious freedom during their opening remarks.

Gorsuch will start taking questions today, and the issue is likely to resurface again. It will be interesting to hear what Gorsuch has to say. In AU’s view, some of his opinions on religious freedom are troubling, and that’s why we’re opposed to his nomination.

Thanks To Trump, A Major Transgender Rights Case Has Been Derailed At The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court this morning announced that it is remanding and vacating the lower-court decision in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., the first transgender-rights case that the high court had ever agreed to hear.

So what does this mean, in laypeople’s terms? The Supreme Court had scheduled oral arguments for March 28. Now those arguments won’t happen this month. Instead, the case is going back to a lower federal court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, for more deliberation.

Trump Administration Revokes Guidance On Civil Rights Protections For Transgender Students

Last night the Trump administration officially revoked an Obama-era guidance reminding public schools that a provision in a 1972 federal law known as Title IX prohibits discrimination against transgender students, including denying them access to the restrooms consistent with their gender identity.

Religious Right Groups Add To The Transgender Community’s Burdens

The National Center for Transgender Equality recently released results from the largest survey ever taken of transgender people in America – 27,715 respondents – and the data makes for grim reading. 

Transgender Rights: The Far Right And A New Wave Of Discrimination

One morning during the interminable presidential primary season, I came into the kitchen for breakfast and saw U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on CNN discussing bathrooms. 

Cruz was weighing in on the issue of whether persons should be able to use whatever gender-labeled bathroom is consistent with their gender identity.  Predictably, he was against this idea. This was apparently not the issue on the minds of most Republican voters because we’re not now seeing a Clinton vs. Cruz campaign.

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