Tag: civil rights

DOJ brief in gay rights case slammed by advocates

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has again filed an amicus brief against gay civil rights in a case up for consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. From NBC Out: Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission involves Christian baker Jack Phillips, who refused — due to his religious beliefs — to make a wedding…

Illinois governor signs ban on ‘gay panic’ defense

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday signed a bill that prevents people from claiming the “gay panic” defense in crimes, making Illinois only the second state to ban the defense. From Equality Illinois: The measure, SB 1761, which the governor signed on Friday after unanimously passing both chambers of the General Assembly, is part…

Defense Secretary: Transgender troops can stay pending study

WASHINGTON — The Hill reported Tuesday evening that that transgender troops in the military would be allowed to continue serving pending the results of a study. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made the announcement Tuesday. From The Hill: The announcement comes days after President Trump signed a memo barring transgender people from enlisting in the military while instructing Mattis…

ACLU sues over transgender soldier ban

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union announced Monday that they would be suing the 45 administration over the new ban on transgender soldiers. The civil liberty advocacy organization made the announcement Monday morning on their blog and social media: Today, we and the ACLU of Maryland filed a lawsuit to challenge President Trump’s cruel…

Illinois bill to make updating birth certificates easier signed into law

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday signed a bill that would make it easier for transgendered individuals to update their birth certificates. The bill, House Bill 1785, modernizes the Illinois Vital Records Act and to allow transgender and intersex individuals to change the gender marker on their birth certificates without undergoing gender reassignment…

Consent Summit in New York City on Sept 16

NEW YORK — The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and The TES Association present the Consent Summit, an all-day event of workshops and discussions on consent in New York City. Attitudes are changing about consent, and it’s time to join in the conversation. Consent and the law, consent in power exchange relationships, and dealing…