With the sudden death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia this past Saturday, the attention of the nation has focused like a laser on the Court – its composition, the docket of cases now before it and the historic process ahead of Justice Scalia’s successor being nominated and confirmed.
Today the South Dakota Senate passed House Bill 1008, a discriminatory bill that prevents transgender students from accessing restrooms and single-sex facilities that correspond with their gender identity.
Despite his not being a friend to our community or to the causes of racial and reproductive justice, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was a staunch defender of important aspects of the Constitution, especially rights to free speech and against unreasonable search and seizure.
Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla nominated Associate Justice Maite Oronoz Rodriguez as Chief Justice of the commonwealth’s highest court. She would be the first openly LGBT chief justice in the country.
Lambda Legal filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Asheville Division, seeking compensation for Sandra Lively, a registered nurse at North Carolina hospital Park Ridge Health, for the thousands of dollars of expenses she incurred when the hospital refused to allow her to enroll her same-sex spouse in the employee health plan.
No employer gets to impose their sex stereotypes on their employees. And that protection does not stop at the restroom door. Access to appropriate restrooms is an essential element of all workplaces, and one most of us take for granted.