Human Rights

Kentucky Court: Hands On Originals case dismissed – LGBTQ+ rights organization lacks standing

Kentucky Court: Hands On Originals case dismissed – LGBTQ+ rights organization lacks standing

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that an organization that sued Hands On Originals ("Hands On"), a t-shirt print company, for discrimination lacked standing as an "individual" to pursue the claim.

 
 

BREAKING: Adventist Church approves pro-life position on abortion

Dr. Artur Stele reviews the proposed document with revisions - YouTubers

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Executive Committee of the Seventh-day Adventist Church voted at its Annual Council meeting [see Video]  to adopt the position that "[t]he Seventh-day Adventist Church considers abortion out of harmony with God's plan for human life." The newly adopted position statement affirms that "God considers the unborn child as human life" and that "the principle to preserve life enshrined in the sixth commandment places abortion within its scope."

 
 

Tennessee sheriff sued for allegedly forcing a woman to be baptized during traffic stop

Tennessee sheriff sued for allegedly forcing a woman to be baptized during traffic stop

A woman has filed an $11 million lawsuit against a Hamilton County, Tennessee, sheriff's deputy for forcing her to be baptized during a traffic stop.

 
 

California Court: Transgender person can sue Catholic hospital for discrimination for initially denying transition surgery

California Court: Transgender person can sue Catholic hospital for discrimination for initially denying transition surgery

A California Court of Appeals has ruled that a religious hospital can be liable for discrimination if it refuses to provide medical services for religious reasons without immediately providing a referral to a hospital that will accommodate the patient.  

 
 

Arizona: High court finds card makers can refuse same-sex wedding invite requests

Arizona: High court finds card makers can refuse same-sex wedding invite requests

On September 16, 2019, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that a Phoenix city ordinance cannot require a business to create same-sex wedding invitations in violation of their sincerely held religious beliefs.  

 
 

Court to decide whether Title VII protects LGBT employees

Supreme Court of the United States

On October 8, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases involving whether the antidiscrimination provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protect LGBT employees. While state laws may provide localized protection, the question of whether the protection extends nationwide has been raised by two employers who have claimed they have the right under existing Federal law to discriminate based on sexual orientation and transgender status.

 
 

Supreme Court rules that Title VII EEOC filing requirements are mandatory but not jurisdictional

Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court issued a ruling on June 3, 2019, in a case (Fort Bend County v. Davis)  involving whether a court may hear a discrimination case where the plaintiff fails to raise all charges in an initial EEOC complaint.  The Court found that the Title VII's rules are procedural, not jurisdictional, and as such procedural defenses need to be raised early in a case.

 
 

In Congress, Federal Equality Act as drafted faces feminist opposition

In Congress, Federal Equality Act as drafted faces feminist opposition

Legislation that would add sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 threatens women's bodily privacy says feminist organization

 
 

Vatican calls for religious freedom amidst competing strains of secularism and fundamentalism

The Little Sisters of The Poor rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC March 23, 2016.  -  American Life League - Creative Commons license

The Vatican has released a document, "Religious Liberty for the Good of All," calling for an expansion of religious liberty in the face of competing strains of religious fundamentalism and secular intolerance. While not addressing each and every conflict, the document is intended to express the relationship between civil law and religious law in the context of theology, anthropology, and political science.

 
 

Justices hint interest in revisiting Title VII religious accommodation while declining to hear football coach prayer case

Justices hint interest in revisiting Title VII religious accommodation while declining to hear football coach prayer case

It is debatable whether a claim by a public school football coach that he is compelled by religious belief to pray at the 50-yard line following each game is a good vehicle for addressing either free exercise or workplace religious accommodation. However, it does appear that the four justices who signed onto Alito's response have concerns about the chilling effect of Hardison and Smith on the ability to even raise Title VII religious accommodation and Free Exercise Clause claims. With Patterson v. Walgreen Co., the Supreme Court has the opportunity to revisit religious accommodation claims under Title VII.