UPDATE: Equality news round-up: Disappointing judicial decisions from Michigan, the Seventh Circuit, and more
August 22, 2016
– BREAKING UPDATE: A district court judge in Texas has granted a preliminary injunction striking down the US government’s interpretation of “sex” to include gender identity. The injunction will take effect nationwide, meaning the administration can no longer implement its interpretation of the regulation unless it’s overturned on appeal.
– The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that a Jamaican man’s request to remain in the United States for fear of persecution based on his bisexuality should be denied. The court didn’t believe he’s actually bisexual. Judge Richard Posner issued a strong dissent discussing biphobia and other issues. Lambda Legal has more.
– A district court in Michigan has ruled that a funeral home which engaged in anti-transgender discrimination is protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
– The district court judge hearing the case against Kim Davis, the clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky, has dismissed the case against her. Some of the aspects of the case were due to be dismissed because of changes to Kentucky law, but there were still a number of live claims in the case. As Equality Case Files notes, the plaintiffs will have to determine whether they’ll challenge the decision.
Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings