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Amid opposition from LGBT rights supporters to the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump's nominee referred to same-sex marriage as "settled law," but was otherwise relatively tight-lipped about his views during his confirmation hearings.Grilled by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about his judicial philosophy, U.S. Circuit Judge Gorsuch on Tuesday maintained "equal justice under the law" -- words enshrined at the top of the Supreme Court building -- was a "radical" idea, but one he'd uphold, when asked about application of the law to LGBT people.Pressed by Sen. Al Franken about marriage equality specifically, Gorsuch replied, "It is absolutely settled law," but added, "there's ongoing litigation about its impact and its application right now."> READ MORE.
Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson has become the latest voice calling on President Trump to reject a "religious freedom" order that would undermine LGBT rights.In an op-ed published Wednesday in The New York Times, Simpson responds to what he says are "fringe-right groups and raging extremists" calling on Trump to sign an executive order enabling discrimination against LGBT people. Simpson's advice to Trump is simple: "Don't do it." READ MORE.
On the same day President Trump came to visit his state for a "Make America Great Again" rally, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin penned his name to a bill allowing student groups at high schools and public colleges to turn away LGBT people out of religious objections.Motivated in reaction to a school cutting a Bible verse from a student production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Senate Bill 17 was ostensibly intended to protect the religious expression of students. The measure permits them to express religious viewpoints, wear clothing with religious messages and use school media to announce student religious meetings free from discrimination. READ MORE.
U.S. Capitol Police are investigating an incident on March 15, in which a visitor to a congressional office building in Washington removed a rainbow flag hanging from the wall beside the door to the office of Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and repeatedly stepped on the flag. READ MORE.
The Justice Department on March 7 announced it will give more than $8 million to the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre. READ MORE.
A total of 21 LGBT groups who oppose the confirmation of U.S. Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court are calling for rigorous questions for the nominee during his confirmation hearing.In an eight-page letter sent to Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) of the Senate Judiciary Committee, LGBT groups underscore the need to "demand complete answers" from Gorsuch because it's the only way to "reveal the extent to which his nomination jeopardizes rights and liberties that many Americans believe are secure." READ MORE.
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure allowing taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to deny services and child placement to LGBT families out of religious objections, making him the first governor in 2017 to sign an anti-LGBT law. READ MORE.
A federal appeals court has ruled against a lesbian employee seeking relief after being harassed and forced out of her job, declining to accept arguments discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates existing laws against gender bias. READ MORE.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denounced the recent trend of vandalism at LGBT community centers, but qualified his remarks by suggesting free speech under the First Amendment is appropriate to use against them rather than violence. READ MORE.
Members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Thursday voted 187-179 to table a bill that would have added gender identity to the state's nondiscrimination law. Lawmakers also rejected a motion to reconsider debate of House Bill 478 that gay state Rep. Ed Butler (D-Harts Location) introduced. READ MORE.
At least three LGBT community centers have been vandalized in recent attacks that could be part of a national trend of rising hate seen since President Trump's election.In the last few weeks, vandals smashed a window at the office of Equality Florida in Orlando, the city where last year a shooter took the lives of 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub, and windows were smashed at the headquarters in Asbury Park of the New Jersey LGBT Garden State Equality.In Tulsa, Okla., 13 shots were fired from a pellet gun at the Equality Center on Monday just hours before a man came into the lobby yelling profanities and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric at front-desk staff. According to Tulsa World, the Equality Center had never been the target of vandalism in the 12 years since Oklahomans for Equality moved into the building. READ MORE.
Representatives from a trio of LGBT organizations and families with transgender kids met Wednesday with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in the aftermath of the Justice and Education Departments revoking Obama-era guidance assuring transgender students access to the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.Mara Keisling, executive director of National Center for Transgender Equality, said the meeting came about as a result of the Trump administration rescinding the guidance, which informed discriminating against transgender students would violate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972."They made an arbitrary, political, ideological decision to hurt trans youth, so we wanted to talk to them about enforcing the law that they're statutorily required to enforce," Keisling said. READ MORE.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to scrap a case on bathroom access in schools has left transgender people waiting in the wings for a nationwide ruling affirming their rights and no clear path or timing for when the day will come.Two years after the Supreme Court affirmed the right of same-sex couples to marry, hopes are dashed for a similarly monumental ruling in favor transgender rights this year -- perhaps indefinitely.Gavin Grimm, the plaintiff transgender student seeking to use his high school boys' room consistent with his gender identity, said during a conference call Monday despite the high-profile nature of his lawsuit coming to an end, he's glad he could take part. READ MORE.
Amid the Trump administration's rollback of guidance protecting transgender students and increasing reports of anti-trans violence around the country, members of the U.S. House have relaunched the Transgender Task Force to draw attention to harms facing the transgender community.The new leader of the transgender caucus in the 115th Congress is Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), who spoke at an event Thursday outside the U.S. Capitol to support trans people. READ MORE.
At least four gay speakers who declared their strong support for President Donald Trump were cheered loudly while other speakers praised the group Gays for Trump during a March4Trump rally on Sunday, March 4, on the grounds of the Washington Monument in D.C.The gathering of several hundred Trump supporters at the Washington Monument, who later marched to the White House, was one of more than a dozen pro-Trump rallies and marches held on the same day in cities around the country. READ MORE.
A White House spokesperson Monday called the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to scrap consideration of a case that would have nationwide implications for transgender rights a "routine practice." READ MORE.
Six Democrats join Republicans to vote for Carson even though the new HUD secretary has no experience in managing housing or urban affairs and a long history of comments denigrating LGBT people. After his success as a neurosurgeon, those remarks animated his career as a conservative commentator and Republican presidential candidate. READ MORE.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The wife of the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooter must remain in jail, at least for the time being, a federal judge in Florida ruled March 2, a day after a magistrate judge in California said she could be released. READ MORE.
The monumental ruling expected this year from the U.S. Supreme Court on transgender rights will have to wait for another time.The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday scrapped consideration of the case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of transgender student Gavin Grimm, who's seeking to use the boys' room in Virginia schoool consistent with his gender identity.In a notice of the court, justices grant summary disposition in the case, remanding it to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for reconsideration in the aftermath of the Trump administration revocation of Obama-era guidance assuring transgender students can use the restroom consistent with their gender identity. READ MORE.
President Trump's wide-ranging speech Tuesday in the House gallery of the U.S. Capitol drew on many of the positions he expressed during the presidential campaign, such as rebuilding America's infrastructure, expelling undocumented immigrants and rebuilding the military. All those goals stemmed from a perception -- largely deemed incorrect or exaggerated -- of the failing state of America."For too long, we've watched our middle class shrink as we've exported our jobs and wealth to foreign countries," Trump said. "We've financed and built one global project after another, but ignored the fates of our children in the inner cities of Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit -- and so many other places throughout our land. We've defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross -- and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate. And we've spent trillions of dollars overseas, while our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled." READ MORE.
Amid renewed concerns President Trump would sign a "religious order" undermining LGBT rights, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday he expects the administration would soon "have something." READ MORE.
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a pro-LGBT ordinance enacted in the state's third largest city as an act of defiance over a state law barring municipalities from passing such measures. READ MORE.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was bold Tuesday in declaring opposition to the Trump administration's rollback of guidance prohibiting discrimination against transgender kids, but kept his cards close to his vest on his plan to address the reversal.Schumer made the remarks during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in response to a question from the Washington Blade on when Senate Democrats intend to respond to President Trump's revocation of the Obama-era guidance. READ MORE.
Hundreds of people gathered outside the White House on Wednesday to protest President Trump's decision to rescind guidance on how public schools should accommodate transgender students.Gavin Grimm, a trans student who filed a lawsuit against his Virginia school district's bathroom policy that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear next month, is among those who spoke to the crowd. READ MORE.
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