Yesterday, Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Zubik v. Burwell and six related cases urging the Court to reject arguments made by religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations who argue that it burdens their religious beliefs simply to notify the federal government that they are opting out of providing their employees insurance coverage for contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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.
Lambda Legal sent a letter to the Horry County School District today urging school officials to reverse their decision to suspend a transgender student and to adopt inclusive bathroom policies that respect the gender identities of its students and are in line with federal law, after news reports that a transgender student was suspended from Socastee High School for using the bathroom that matches his gender identity.
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.