LGBTQ Legal Issues

48 ABA Journal LGBTQ Legal Issues articles.

5th Circuit withdraws opinion in which Trump appointee criticized lawyer for appeal to gay bias
An appeals court has withdrawn an opinion in which a Trump judicial appointee added a footnote criticizing a Mississippi lawyer for appearing to appeal to gay prejudice.
Afternoon Briefs: Some of Justice Scalia’s papers are now public; House lifts ERA deadline

Some of Justice Scalia’s papers are now publicly available

The legal and academic papers of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia are now available for public viewing, at…

The 2020 ABA Midyear Meeting kicks off in Texas
The 2020 ABA Midyear Meeting opens in the Lone Star State this week, providing ABA members the opportunity to attend hundreds of legal programs and events; hear from recognized law experts; and meet with colleagues in their sections, divisions, committees and councils.
Trump judicial appointee’s footnote gets noticed for his stand against homophobic arguments
A Trump judicial appointee on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans is getting noticed for a footnote in which he took a stand against homophobic legal arguments.
New lawsuits by transgender people challenge bans on name changes for those convicted of crimes

Alexandra Carson thought the interview had gone well. Her experience managing a restaurant more than qualified her for the server position at a buffet chain near her rural Texas home,…

Afternoon Briefs: Utah allows bar admission for DACA immigrants; first openly gay federal judge dies

Utah allows bar admission for DACA immigrants

The Utah Supreme Court has approved a new rule that allows immigrants brought to the country illegally as children to gain admission to…

Afternoon Briefs: California bar seeks proposals on nonlawyer practitioners; online ‘sneak-in’ contracts abound

California bar working group to consider licensing nonlawyer practitioners

The State Bar of California is forming a working group to make recommendations on the licensing of nonlawyers to perform some…

Judge apologizes for ‘deplorable’ letters he wrote to college newspaper about gay people and AIDS
A municipal court judge in Maumee, Ohio, is apologizing for two anti-gay letters to the editor he wrote as a student at Ohio State University in the 1990s.
5th Circuit denies transgender prisoner’s request to use female pronouns, change court records

A federal appeals court has refused to refer to a transgender inmate by her preferred female pronouns and rejected her request to change court records to reflect her new name.

Chemerinsky: It’s likely to be an amazing year in the Supreme Court
No U.S. Supreme Court term in recent memory has had more potential blockbuster cases on the docket than this one. The court is likely to dominate the headlines in May, and especially June 2020, with rulings on almost every major controversial area of law.
Chemerinsky: 2019 was all about setting up the blockbuster year 2020 promises to be
The past year was unusual in the U.S. Supreme Court because the justices handed down only a few blockbuster decisions but then filled their docket with a stunning number of cases of potentially great significance to be decided in spring 2020. Interestingly, the court could have taken many of these cases in the October 2018 term for decisions in June 2019, but it did not do so.
Afternoon Briefs: Holder says Barr is unfit to be AG; law firm promotes nonbinary gender inclusiveness

Holder op-ed says AG Barr is unfit to be attorney general

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has proved he is unfit to lead the Department of Justice, according to an…

Fight over right of women to enter strip club turns into battle over local anti-bias protections
Two women who sued after they were barred from a strip club have sparked a court battle over the viability of local human rights ordinances in the state of Florida.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge who won’t perform same-sex marriages gets warning; hemp growers no longer seen as suspicious

Judge gets public warning after claiming religious exemption to performing same-sex weddings

A Texas justice of the peace who refuses to perform same-sex weddings has received a public warning from…

State supreme court sides with Christian print shop who refused gay pride T-shirts
The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Christian print shop owner who refused to print gay pride T-shirts for religious reasons.

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