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2 days ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread · 0 replies · +6 points

Classmates Rally Around Gay High School Athlete Targeted by Westboro Baptist Church

"I feel really loved by my community," Jake Bain, a senior at John Burroughs School in St. Louis*, says of support from other students and alumni.

(*John Burroughs School is a private college prep liberal arts school located in the St. Louis County city of Ladue. It is not within the city limits of the city of St. Louis which is an independent city and not a part of St. Louis County. The school serves a diverse student body.)

An openly gay high school football player in St. Louis got support from his classmates on Monday after members of the Westboro Baptist Church showed up to protest him. Supporters used #StandWithJake to share their messages for Jake Bain, a senior at John Burroughs School.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Bain about why he thinks the church targeted him, the support he's received and the message he hopes his story sends to the LGBTQ community.

"This is so much bigger than just me," Bain says. "There's just so many people out there that are going through the same things that I'm going through. So I just hope that a light is kinda shed on the entire community, especially the youth."

1 week ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread UPDATE 3/7 · 0 replies · +15 points

By Dropping Appeal, Belize Catholic Church Allows Decriminalization Decision to Stand

“The Catholic Church hierarchy in the Central American nation of Belize has withdrawn its appeal of a 2016 judicial decision which struck down the former British colony’s anti-sodomy law. The decision to withdraw means that the overturn of the anti-sodomy law will remain in place, as the one Catholic bishop of the small nation was the last remaining plaintiff calling for a reversal of the law.

“The Belize Supreme Court struck down Section 53, the anti-sodomy section of the nation’s criminal code, in August 2016. Shortly thereafter, Belizean religious organizations banded together to mount an appeal of this landmark decision. Early in the process, however, both the Anglican Church and the Belize Council of Churches (representing Methodists, Salvation Army, Presbyterians, and the Chinese Christian Mission in Belize, the YWCA, and the Black Cross Nurses) stated that they did not want to be involved in the process. Because the National Evangelical Association had not been allowed to participate in the case, only the Catholic Church was left as the one group appealing the ruling.

"Even before the church’s announcement of its withdrawal on March 5th [2018], there were indications that their resolve to go ahead with the case were flagging.” 7NewsBelieze.com http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=43941&a...

New Ways Ministry:

2 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Second Circuit rules t... · 0 replies · +3 points

Trump will give healthcare workers the right to refuse to treat LGBT people

LGBTQ Nation 17-January-2018

This is old news; however, I don’t remember seeing it posted on this site before. My apologies if it was.

“It wasn’t enough to try to strip transgender Americans of their right to serve, roll back access to birth control, and attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. Now Trump, Pence, and their Republican cronies want to allow health care workers to discriminate and rip away access to medical care. This rule is unethical and dangerously undermines public health,” DNC Director of LGBTQ Media Lucas Acosta said in an emailed statement.

2 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Second Circuit rules t... · 0 replies · +6 points

Lesbian couple in Texas sues Trump administration after being told they don't 'mirror the Holy Family,' can't foster refugee kids

Dallas Morning News:

Here is the complaint:

2 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Second Circuit rules t... · 0 replies · +2 points

Is this what you are referring to?

The case was probably assigned to him because he was an available Administrative Law Judge. EEOC complaints are indeed heard by an administrative law judge.

2 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Second Circuit rules t... · 2 replies · +3 points

Myrick v Warren

Have any of you heard about this case?

"[A] substantial monetary settlement was made public in a North Carolina case. Gayle Myrick served as a state magistrate for a little more than three years, but when same-sex marriage was approved in North Carolina in 2014, she sought a religious exemption from the requirement that she perform same-sex marriages as part of her duties. Denied the concession that she proposed—that her schedule be adjusted so that she would not be on duty during the hours when marriages can be performed—Myrick resigned, in the process losing retirement benefits that were soon to be vested.

"She filed a complaint with the federal Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), charging her supervisors with discrimination on the basis of religion. In March of last year, EEOC administrative law judge Michael J. Devine ruled in Myrick’s favor. In a case entitled Myrick v. Warren, he found that Myrick’s supervisors had not fulfilled their constitutional obligation, under the Free Exercise Clause, “to at least explore the options and provide an accommodation unless granting the accommodation would cause an undue burden.” Devine ordered that the North Carolina courts provide Myrick with back pay, compensate her for her attorney’s fees, and determine whether a position exists to which she might be reinstated. As we recently learned, the parties ended up settling for nearly $225,000 in compensation and $115,000 in attorney’s fees."

Per Bondings 2.0

Here is the EEOC decision:

Here is the signed settlement:

2 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Second Circuit rules t... · 2 replies · +7 points

No surprise here: Jeff Sessions on 2nd Circuit's LGBT Ruling: Judges Must Have 'Read the New York Times'

27-Feb-2018 Sessions criticized the Second Circuit's decision Monday that employment discrimination against LGBT people is illegal. Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized federal judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit after they ruled Monday that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.


Unfortunately, the article is behind a pay wall.

2 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Second Circuit rules t... · 0 replies · +3 points

In the case Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, didn't the 11th Circuit Court decline a rehearing en banc? If that is true, can the plaintiff Evans submit a second request for a rehearing en banc? Or does the plaintiff have only one shot for an en banc rehearing? Or is it simply not worth the effort and we have to waite for another circuit split to progress?

2 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread for news a... · 4 replies · +5 points

I suppose these cases of discrimination have to run their course. However, aren't they all going to depend on the ruling in Masterpice Cakeshop for final adjudication?

12 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread and news r... · 1 reply · +3 points

Thank you for the clarification. What could the pro LGBT group have done better? Jacksonville FL will be a difficult city. It makes it doubly important that the Empower Jacksonville's propositions be defeated in August-18. I'm sure they will be able acquire the required numbers for certification.

I was stationed in Jacksonville 1967-69. I never felt comfortable in that city. I was glad to leave it behind.