Mississippi Federal Court Ruling a Win for Same-Sex Couples Hoping to Adopt, but State Continues to Wrestle with LGBT Rights

Mississippi lawmakers banned adoptions by same-sex couples in 2000. Yesterday, Judge Daniel Jordan, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, issued a preliminary injunction ruling in favor of same-sex couples and finding that Mississippi’s ban on allowing same-sex couples to adopt “violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.” Judge…

Trans Public Accommodation Bill Soars in Support but Remains in Legislative Limbo

Transgender Public Accommodation Bill activists have secured the support of nearly 200 businesses and organizations, more than a dozen police chiefs, and the state’s congressional delegation. Still, despite the Bill’s rapidly growing support in Massachusetts, which, as of late includes New England’s top professional sports teams, the Transgender Public Accommodation Bill still sits in limbo…

MA Legislature Back in Session – Trans Public Accommodations Bill Lingers

Late last year, we outlined “The What, Where and When of the Massachusetts Trans Public Accommodations Bill,” which would offer protections to transgender and gender non-confirming individuals in places open to the public. The Massachusetts State legislature did not vote on the Bill before its winter recess in 2015. However, Senate President Stanley Rosenburg and House Speaker…

The What, Where, and When of the Massachusetts Trans Public Accommodations Bill

In 2011, Massachusetts lawmakers passed H3810, An Act Relative to Gender Identity. The law added gender identity as a protected characteristic to Massachusetts anti-discrimination and hate crimes law with respect to housing, employment, credit and public education. An Act Relative to Gender Identity was, undoubtedly, a huge victory for the transgender community, but it contained one…

EEOC Rules that Title VII Includes Protection from Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission delivered a monumental ruling establishing that workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, and bisexual people constitutes gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In Complainant v. Foxx, the complainant, who was a Federal Aviation Administration temporary front line manager in Miami,…