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3/3 Still no Title VII decisions from SCOTUS

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Yesterday the Supreme Court issued orders from its private conference and the Justices still haven’t acted on a case involving a florist that refuses to provide flower arrangements for same-sex couples.

This morning, the Court issued a decision in an argued case, but it wasn’t one of the Title VII LGBT employment discrimination cases we’re following. We’ll post any breaking news.

5 Comments

  • 1. Fortguy  |  March 6, 2020 at 1:29 am

    OMG! Former Rep. Aaron Schock comes out of the closet and announces he's gay!

    Ellie Hall, BuzzFeed News: Former Republican Lawmaker Aaron Schock Has Come Out As Gay

    In order to figure that out, all he had to do was ask anybody, well, everybody over the past 12 years to learn what was obvious.

    Maybe he should have paid more attention to the clues.

  • 2. Fortguy  |  March 6, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Brady McCombs, Associated Press: Mormon students protest BYU stance on same-sex behavior

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After Brigham Young University two weeks ago dropped a section from its strict code of conduct that had prohibited all expressions of homosexual behavior, bisexual music major Caroline McKenzie felt newfound hope that she could stop hiding and be herself. She even went on a date with another woman.

    That optimism was pierced this week when administrators at the university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints clarified in a letter posted online Wednesday that “same-sex romantic behavior” was still not allowed on campus. The letter said the recent revision to what is known as the “honor code” didn’t change the “moral standards” of the church or the faith’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

    McKenzie said it made her feel whiplash and that her religion was telling her she was dirty for who she is and unwanted by God. She’s reassessing whether she wants to finish her studies at BYU even though she loves her professors and the education she’s receiving.

    “It’s psychologically damaging,” said McKenzie, 23, of Kaysville, Utah. “It has been a roller coaster the last couple of weeks. This last Wednesday pretty much destroyed me. It felt like I was drowning again.”

    […]

    The Utah-based religion of 16-million members worldwide has tried in the last decade to create a more welcoming environment for LGBTQ members, while adhering to its doctrinal opposition of gay marriage. The faith, widely known as the Mormon church, teaches that while being gay is not a sin, engaging in same-sex relationships is against God’s commandments.

    Church spokesman Doug Andersen said in a statement Friday: “The teachings of the church and the policies of our universities are consistent with eternal principles, and seek to encourage and strengthen relationships that lead to eternal covenants made with God. The church and its leaders continue to teach that though there may be disagreement on an issue or policy, we should treat one other with love, respect and kindness.”

    Students who attend BYU in Provo, south of Salt Lake City, agree to adhere to the code of conduct known as the “honor code”, and nearly all are members of the church. Punishments for violations range from discipline to suspension and expulsion. The code bans other things that are common at other colleges, including drinking, beards and piercings.

    The letter posted this week and an accompanying Q&A posted online don’t provide details about what same-sex romantic behaviors are and aren’t allowed. But it seems to shut the door on the idea that gay and lesbian couples will be allowed to kiss and hold hands on campus like their heterosexual classmates.

    “Same-sex romantic behavior cannot lead to eternal marriage and is therefore not compatible with the principles included in the honor code,” wrote Paul V. Johnson, commissioner of the church education system.

  • 3. JayJonson  |  March 7, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Only a masochist would voluntarily attend BYU. I realize that some students are forced to be there by their parents, but anyone who goes there voluntarily has to know what kind of bigotry the school practices.

  • 4. Randolph_Finder  |  March 8, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    If they've managed to stay closeted until they get to Law School, the Law School at the Y is by pretty much every measure the cheapest law school in the US, especially for members.

    So *maybe*.

    But I can't think of any other situation where the Y is that much superior to U of Utah.

  • 5. Randolph_Finder  |  March 8, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    I'd still feel constrained until I left the Y and had my diploma in hand and officially registered. BYU isn't going to cancel a non-honorary degree .

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