April 14, 2017
– The Seventh Circuit ruled that sexual orientation discrimination is sex discrimination for the purposes of Title VII. It was the first time an appeals court has ruled this way. The defendants chose not to take the case to the Supreme Court.
– A federal judge in Colorado ruled in a Fair Housing Act case that a same-sex couple suffered discrimination.
– A Sixth Circuit case involving a district court judge’s ruling in favor of a transgender student and against a school board will now be briefed, as the stay on briefing has been lifted (after the Supreme Court remanded the GG case.)
– The Second Circuit will take up a case involving employment discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and sex stereotyping, on the briefs without argument, on April 27.
– In Nebraska, the state supreme court ruled in favor of same-sex foster parents.
– In Gavin Grimm’s challenge to school board policy barring him from using the correct bathroom, the Fourth Circuit denied his request to fast-track the case, and asked for a proposed briefing schedule. They also vacated their earlier decision granting the preliminary injunction, as ordered by the Supreme Court. The order vacating the injunction came with a very moving concurrence from two judges. The parties proposed, and the appeals court adopted a briefing schedule. Briefing will be completed June 2.
– In one challenge to North Carolina’s HB2, the Fourth Circuit has asked for briefing on the effect of the new law that purports to (but doesn’t really) repeal HB2. In the United States’ case against HB2, the US DOJ has withdrawn its challenge, citing the new law that is said to repeal HB2.
– A transgender man is appealing the dismissal of his case to the Seventh Circuit. It challenges an Indiana law barring name changes for non-citizens.
Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings
Apologies for the long delay, I was out sick.