Lambda Legal’s Midwest Regional Office welcomed Aisha Davis as Lambda Legal’s new Tyron Garner Memorial Fellow. Davis is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and most recently served as Law Clerk for the Family Court of the State of Delaware for Chief Judge Chandlee Johnson Kuhn.
Today’s vote by the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to end the organization’s decades-long policy and practice of excluding openly gay men from membership in Scouting marks yet another milestone in the march toward LGBT equality in our nation. As a result of this reform, which is to take effect immediately:
The Texas Supreme Court today placed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) on hold and ordered the City not to enforce it.
In May 2014, Judge Robert Schaefer invalidated petitions calling for a repeal of the landmark ordinance, or for the ordinance to be submitted for voter approval in the next general election. A jury found the petitions to contain fraudulent signatures.
Today Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline, together with lead co-sponsors Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), introduced the Equality Act, a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, and jury service.
During a Senate subcommittee hearing titled ‘With Prejudice: Supreme Court Activism and Possible Solutions’, 2016 presidential hopeful Ted Cruz and others bashed recent Supreme Court decisions granting the freedom to marry for same-sex couples and ensuring that Affordable Care Act subsidies remain available. Cruz, chairman of the Senate subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts labeled these decisions ‘judicial activism’, and invited witnesses to condemn the Court’s decisions. One witness, Ed Whelan, in written testimony stated: “The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling last month inventing a supposed federal constitutional right to marry a person of the same sex is brazenly lawless. In the flagrancy and magnitude of its errors in overriding, and cutting short, the democratic processes, Obergefell v. Hodges is rivaled in Supreme Court history only by Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) and Roe v. Wade (1973).”