Author Archives: Lisa Keen

DOJ likens bakery bias to St. Pat’s parade exclusion

The Trump administration's brief in an upcoming Supreme Court argument would ultimately dismantle all laws aimed at ending discrimination in public accommodations, not just discrimination against LGBT people.

Historic wins at the polls for LGBT candidates

Fifty-five percent of the 72 known LGBT candidates Tuesday won their elections, including some stunning historic firsts.

Supreme Court: déjà vu all over again?

The argument next month before the Supreme Court sounds an awful lot like cases which have already been argued and decided, but this one, says the ACLU, could lead to a "license to discriminate against many people."

Judge blocks Trump trans ban in military

In the first court action taken on President Trump's proposed ban on transgender people in the military, a federal district court judge in D.C. on Monday ruled plaintiffs were likely to succeed in their constitutional challenge of the policy.

Trump jokes about Pence hostility to gays

An article in the current New Yorker magazine quotes President Trump as “joking” that Vice President Pence is so hostile to gays he “wants to hang them all.” The news came as the Department of Justice reportedly took an unusually

Trump actions: ‘vicious’ and cross ‘dangerous lines’

LGBT activists say they find the Trump administration's recent actions concerning civil rights protections deeply troubling and indicate it intends "to take every opportunity to limit nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people."

Supreme Court: Potential blockbusters await, again

The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal three years ago from a wedding photographer who wanted to say "no" to a same-sex couple seeking her services. Now, the court is saying "yes" to a baker who did essentially the

The untenable paradox of Title VII reaches Supreme Court

Lambda Legal takes Title VII case to Supreme Court, arguing that the various interpretations of the law in the lower courts forces "creates an uncomfortable result in which the more visibly and stereotypically gay or lesbian a plaintiff is in

Famous DOMA challenger, Edie Windsor, dies

Edie Windsor, whose lawsuit brought down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, died Tuesday at the age of 88.

Trump’s trans ban is a real threat, say legal activists

Some media outlets and observers think Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has put a freeze on President Trump's proposed ban on transgender service members, but legal activists say it's happening.