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Equality news round-up: Another LGBT case heads to SCOTUS, and more

Discrimination Transgender Rights

Colorado state seal– Equality Case Files attended the argument in Zzyym v. Kerry, a challenge to the male/female designation for US passports. No transcript is available yet but Kathleen’s notes are here.

– Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a right-wing, anti-LGBT org, has brought to the Supreme Court a case involving a bakery that refused to sell a cake for a same-sex couple’s ceremony. The Colorado Supreme Court had ruled against the bakery.

– The Democratic convention this week will feature an out transgender speaker for the first time in history.

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings


  • 1. JayJonson  |  July 25, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Some of you might be interested in the doings within the United Methodist Church and why it will likely lead to a split within the denomination:

  • 2. allan120102  |  July 25, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    This article show the bias of the supreme courts of Belize, Guyana and Jamaica against lgbt organization and people. I hope I am wrong But it looks like they are going to rule against us because of their religious beliefs.

  • 3. theperchybird  |  July 27, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    First ever marriage in the Isle of Man, a couple converted their civil partnership to marriage this week:

  • 4. Christian0811  |  July 27, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Bit of late news, from July 29.

    The Czech Constitutional Court has struck down the part of the registered partnerships law that prohibited people in those unions from adopting as individuals. Very similar to the now-repealed Flordia statute that explicitly banned homosexuals from adopting. The catch is that the lawsuit, filed in April, didn't challenge the prohibition of the right of a couple in a registered partnership to adopt only the part which banned the people in those unions. I don't know the full back story, perhaps the partner of the man who sued wasn't a party and thus a challenge to the full ban would've lacked standing?

    It's a bit nuanced, but it's v interesting nonetheless, not mention heart warming, and the government has pledged to repeal the ban on same-sex adoptions on the heels of this decision.

  • 5. theperchybird  |  July 28, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Full decision, it's likely to remain a limited scope:

  • 6. Christian0811  |  July 28, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Yeah, the Czech basic rights are more limited in scope and terminology than in most other countries. They are actually modeled closely after the French declaration of rights which are also less comprehensive than in places like Italy or Slovenia. So that explains why they say they wouldn't rule to find a fundamental right to adoption, but even so the Court seems split on the issue but had general agreement.

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