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SCOTUS denies one LGBT-related case, doesn’t act on others

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Equality Case Files reports that the Supreme Court, in its order today from last week’s private conference, has denied review in a case involving a business owner’s refusal to rent to a same-sex couple. The Court has so far not acted in three LGBT employment cases. EQCF reports that two cases, one involving bathroom use by people who are transgender and one involving a baker’s refusal to bake a cake for a same-sex couple, were rescheduled for a later date to be determined.


  • 1. MichGuy  |  March 18, 2019 at 11:08 am

    This one too

  • 2. VIRick  |  March 18, 2019 at 11:12 am

    US Supreme Court Denies Certiorari to Hawaii B & B

    On Monday, 18 March 2019, in "Aloha Bed and Breakfast v. Cervelli," the US Supreme Court announced that it has declined to hear the case of a Hawaii bed and breakfast that sought to refuse service to same-sex couples out of religious objections. Strike this as another loss for the ADF, the legal representatives for the B&B owner.

    The high court indicated it had denied certiorari to Aloha Bed & Breakfast, or refused to take up its case, in an order list Monday reflecting decisions justices made during a conference on Friday, 15 March 2019. The denial of certiorari effectively means the end to the lawsuit against Aloha Bed & Breakfast, which was found to have violated Hawaii civil rights laws for refusing boarding to Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford in 2007.

    There is still no decision on whether the Court will hear "Altitude Express," "Bostock," or "Harris Funeral Homes," the three employment discrimination cases that have now been considered in multiple conferences.

    Two other cases that had initially been included in the conference were pulled on 14 March, to be rescheduled to another date:

    "Doe v. Boyertown," ADF's challenge to trans-inclusive policies in a Pennsylvania school district; and "Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries," the case of the Oregon bakers appealing a ruling that they violated state non-discrimination law when they refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

  • 3. FredDorner  |  March 18, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    I've had a few discussions here about what the Masterpiece ruling means and I think this denial of cert shows exactly where SCOTUS is coming from.

  • 4. VIRick  |  March 18, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    The Transgender Women of Guerrero (Las Amuzgas)

    Per Sonora Pride:

    Son indígenas, pobres, y trans. Pero estas ñomndaa (Amuzgas) han roto todos los esquemas que les fueron asignados. En lugar de resignarse, esconderse, o migrar, encontraron una fórmula para ser libres y enfrentar el machismo de su propia comunidad.

    Zacualpan, de 5 mil habitantes, es un pueblo ñomndaa (Amuzgo) donde la vida se borda todos los días. Sus habitantes, artesanos en la gran mayoría, heredaron el huipil, bordado en telar de cintura, como una tradición y como el elemento que marca la organización social de sus habitantes.

    En este lugar, ubicado en la Costa Chica de Guerrero, entre los cálidos municipios de Ometepec y Xochistlahuaca, todos participan en el proceso de confección: los hombres se encargan de ir a los cerros a cosechar el algodón de color rosa, verde, y café que se da en estas tierras.

    Entre esas artesanas de Zacualpan están Flor, Paloma, Mago, Jovana, Vicky, Fer, y Nachita. Las siete conforman un grupo de transexuales que comenzaron a reunirse para trabajar y también para protegerse. Juntas tejen en el telar de cintura y bordan a mano cientos de prendas. Utilizan las figuras y los símbolos que le han dado identidad a su pueblo: flores, animales, triángulos, y círculos multicolores que le van dando forma con la paciencia que sólo tiene un artesano. Ellas se apropiaron del huipil para convertirlo en su símbolo de unión y protección contra la exclusión de su propia comunidad.

    They are indigenous, poor, and trans. But these Ñomndaa (Amuzgas) have broken all the rules that were assigned to them. Instead of resigning, hiding, or migrating, they found a formula to be free and to face the machismo of their own community,

    Zacualpan, with 5 thousand inhabitants, is a Ñomndaa (Amuzgo) village where life is embroidered every day. Its inhabitants, artisans in the great majority, inherited the huipil, embroidered on a backstrap loom, as a tradition and as the element that marks the social organization of its inhabitants.

    In this place, located on the Costa Chica of Guerrero, between the municipalities of Ometepec and Xochistlahuaca, everyone participates in the process of making clothes: the men are in charge of going to the hills to harvest the pink, green, and brown cotton that occurs in these lands.

    Among those artisans of Zacualpan are Flor, Paloma, Mago, Jovana, Vicky, Fer, and Nachita. The seven make up a group of transsexuals who began to meet to work and also to protect themselves. Together they weave on the backstrap loom and embroider hundreds of garments by hand. They use the figures and symbols that have given their people identity: flowers, animals, triangles, and multicolored circles that give shape with the patience that only an artisan has. They appropriated the huipil to make it their symbol of union and protection against the exclusion of their own community.

    Note: The indigenous Amuzga (Amoxco in Nahuatl) (Ñuuñama in Mixtec) (Ñomndaa in Amuzgo) live in southeastern Guerrero, right up against the Oaxaca state line, with one community, San Pedro Amuzgos, in Oaxaca, near and among the Mixteca, and just west of the Zapoteca of Oaxaca, also famous for their transgender velas (performance shows). The photo accompanying the article shows 4 of the transgender Amuzga women in their clothing shop, dressed in their huipiles.

    Historically, the Amuzgo were conquered by the Mixtec, who in turn were conquered by the Aztec, who in their turn were conquered by the Spanish. Through it all, the Amuzgo, as well as their culture, language, and traditions, including that of the transgender women artisans, survived.

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