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Community/Meta Discrimination Transgender Rights

– Lambda Legal is asking the Supreme Court to hear a case (Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital) involving employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

– Equality California, along with other plaintiffs, filed a fourth challenge to President Trump’s ban on transgender military servicemembers.

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: The US government has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Supreme Court supporting the right of a baker to discriminate against same-sex couples.

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings


  • 1. Fortguy  |  September 10, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Meet two of Trump's appointees to federal judgeships in Texas.

    Michael Barajas, Texas Observer: Trump Nominates Lawyers from Anti-LGBT ‘Religious Freedom’ Group to be Texas Federal Judges

    Jeff Mateer and Matthew Kacsmaryk have worked to erode the firewall between church and state as lawyers for the First Liberty Institute, a Christian legal advocacy group that protects pastors who mobilize their flock to overturn local non-discrimination ordinances, county clerks who refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses and anti-abortion centers that trick women into thinking they’re walking into actual medical clinics.

    Trump’s nomination of the two religious-right legal activists to vacant federal judge seats in Texas has rattled LGBT rights groups, who call the appointments a gift to anti-LGBT activists.

    “First Liberty Institute has used anti-LGBTQ policies to blatantly vilify our families and neighbors for two decades,” Equality Texas said in a Friday statement. “By nominating associates of this hate group, the president is using his office in an attempt to ensure policies will be created and spearheaded to advance anti-LGBTQ discrimination in employment, housing and places of business all under the guise of protecting religious liberties.”

    Kathy Miller of Texas Freedom Network, which advocates for church-state separation, called the nominations “a clear signal that President Trump intends to make our federal courts the place where civil rights go to die.” Their nominations must still be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

    It gets worse, so read the whole article.

  • 2. allan120102  |  September 10, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Here is a link of support of same sex marriage by state in Mexico the majority of the country supports ssm but the majority of states oppose it. Anyhow in the first pic they are all the states except Zacatecas so in the second link is the support of Zacatecas who I found in other news.

  • 3. Zack12  |  September 12, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    RIP Edie, your legacy in getting justice for all of us won't be forgotten.

  • 4. SethInMaryland  |  September 12, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    OMG!!! That is so sad. A true champion for lgbt rights. May she rest in peace. She rejoined her love Thea in the beyond.

  • 5. davepCA  |  September 12, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    And I just watched the documentary about her and Thea recently. What a magnificent love story, what a wonderful couple, and what an amazing champion for our rights. She will not be forgotten. Thank you, Edith, and thank you, Thea.

  • 6. JayJonson  |  September 12, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Here is the New York Times obituary. What a lovely lady Edie was, and how grateful we must be that she was the face of our struggle against DOMA.

  • 7. JayJonson  |  September 12, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Here is a link to President Obama's Facebook page, where he has posted a wonderful tribute to Edie, a "quiet hero" who helped change America. "I had the privilege to speak with Edie a few days ago, and to tell her one more time what a difference she made to this country we love."

  • 8. Sagesse  |  September 12, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    It's hard to imagine who Donald Trump thinks of as a great American. Whose passing would prompt the Donald to write a tribute, and express heartfelt condolences? The man has no heart. He has no soul.

  • 9. guitaristbl  |  September 13, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Trump cannot write a tribute in first place because he lacks the vocabulary to do so and a proper rational way of thinking to put together such a thing. And how could he ever praise anyone other than himself anyway ?

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