“One important way of judging a society is how it treats its young people. The story of how America’s largest youth organization became more open and accepting is a remarkable story of incremental change that is not fully over…”
(Washington, D.C., July 23, 2015)—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.
(New York, July 16, 2015) — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a landmark ruling that the sex discrimination provisions of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protect employees who suffer discrimination because of their sexual orientation. The decision will have two major effects. First, it authoritatively recognizes that federal workers mistreated because of their sexual orientation have a claim under Title VII.
(San Juan, PR, July 8, 2015) – Today, in light of the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges which struck down marriage bans nationwide, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit vacated the district court’s ruling in Conde-Vidal v. Rius-Armendariz, that had upheld Puerto Rico’s discriminatory ban. The appellate court further directed the lower court to consider Lambda Legal’s challenge to the ban in light of Obergefell.
Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan issued the following statement:
“La decisión del día de hoy provee aún más reconocimiento a la dignidad e igualdad de las personas LGBTT en Puerto Rico. Aplaudimos al Primer Circuito por reconocer que la prohibición al matrimonio en Puerto Rico es inconstitucional”.