Supreme Court Voids Alabama Ruling Against Gay Adoption NBC News • March 7, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of an Alabama woman who sought legal custody after splitting up with her same-sex partner. The case required the court to interpret the Constitution’s dictate that every state must give “full faith and credit” to legal decisions reached
Indiana Republicans Introduce The Most Anti-LGBT LGBT Rights Bill Ever Think Progress • November 18, 2015 After last spring’s disastrous “religious liberty” legislation and months of chatter, Indiana Republicans have cooked up some new legislation to protect LGBT people from discrimination. Unfortunately, a draft of the new bill reveals that it is designed to accomplish the complete opposite.
Indiana Republicans’ LGBT Protections Bill Draws Criticism on Both Sides Indy Star • November 17, 2015 In the opening salvo of what is likely to be a long and arduous debate, Indiana Senate Republicans introduced legislation Tuesday that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s civil rights laws while carving out several exemptions for those with strong religious obje
Anti-Gay Legislation Pushed at State Level Ahead of SCOTUS Decision Aljazeera America • June 25, 2015 “The most extreme of these bills are blatantly and obviously unconstitutional,” said Chris Stoll, senior staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a San Francisco-based non-profit that is co-counsel in the marriage equality case out of Tennessee that is among those the Supreme C
Michigan Newspapers Agree: Anti-adoption RFRA is Bad for Families, Bad for the State Freedom Michigan • June 18, 2015 The editorial boards of some of Michigan’s largest newspapers have weighed in on the anti-adoption RFRA bill Governor Snyder signed into law last week, with one clear message: This misguided law is bad for families and the state. Read more here.
Adoption Agencies In Michigan Allowed To Refuse Atheist Parents Under New Law Opposing Views • June 15, 2015 Private adoption agencies receiving state funding will be allowed to discriminate against atheists on a religious basis after new legislation passed on June 11, according to Patheos. The new law, composed of three bills and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder less than a day after they were presented to him,
Battle Creek Inquirer Calls RFRA-Style Adoption Bills “A disgraceful, hurtful law” Freedom Michigan • June 15, 2015 In an editorial published in the wake of Governor Snyder signing the RFRA-style adoption bills into law, the Battle Creek Enquirer takes proponents of the discriminatory measure to task, calling them “a disgraceful, hurtful law.” The anti-adoption bills, which were passed in the Legislature last
ACLU of Michigan Vows Lawsuit Against ‘Discriminatory’ Religious Objection Adoption Law Lockerdome • June 12, 2015 LANSING, MI – Gov. Rick Sndyer took less than 24 hours to sign controversial religious objection adoption legislation this week, and the ACLU of Michigan took even less time to vow a legal challenge to the new law. “As a country, we outlawed separate but equal 50 years ago, and what this
Michigan Governor Signs Law Allowing Adoption Agencies To Reject LGBT Parents Buzzfeed • June 11, 2015 Gov. Rick Snyder signed a package of three bills into law Thursday that would allow publicly-funded adoption agencies to turn away parents on religious grounds. Critics uniformly contend the measures are tailored to let agencies refuse adoption to LGBT couples. Republican proponents argued they were
Texas House to Consider Protecting Adoption Agencies Who Refuse Gay Couples Statesman • May 25, 2015 The Texas House is set to hear a bill Tuesday that would shield religious child welfare agencies from being sued if they don’t allow same-sex couples to adopt children or if they don’t place children with foster parents because they provide contraception. The legislation also ensures that stat