A Federal Court Just Ruled For Gay Rights

BAM! Justice Department needs to butt out of private cases.

A federal appeals court on Monday ruled that a 1964 civil rights law bans anti-gay workplace discrimination. The decision rebukes the Trump administration — which had argued against a gay worker in the case — and hands progressives a win in their strategy to protect LGBT employees with a drumbeat of lawsuits.

The dispute hinges on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans discrimination on the basis of sex, also bans workplace discrimination due to sexual orientation.

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday, “We now hold that sexual orientation discrimination constitutes a form of discrimination ‘because of . . . sex,’ in violation of Title VII.” In doing so, the court overruled a lower court — and a precedent from a previous court case — and remanded the case to be litigated in light of their reading of Title VII.

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Mom Rants Against Gay Photographer

Once again, the ignorance astounds me. I sincerely hope that either or both of this woman’s children turn out to be gay.

People unfortunately go through a lot of mental gymnastics to justify beliefs they have that aren’t exactly sound.

Unfortunately, some people’s minds will never be changed on an issue, something that 21-year-old Alabama photographer, Faith Grace, discovered the hard way after a pregnant woman who was interested in getting some maternity photos taken messaged her.

At first, everything seemed cool, but after the mom started looking at Grace’s social media accounts, she noticed something that troubled her: the young photographer was rocking an LGBT pride flag in her posts.

Apparently, the mother couldn’t bear the thought of having her pictures taken by someone with a different sexual orientation than her, so not only did she decline to do business with Grace, she sent her a text message letting her know that she specifically didn’t hire the young woman because she’s gay.

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SCOTUS to Hear Wedding Cake Case

I see now that after three years, the Supreme Court has finally decided to hear the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

I will probably come across as the biggest ignoramus of the 21st century, but if someone doesn’t want to do business with you, why bother? Is it because they’re the cheapest bakery in town? Is it because they are the only bakery in town? Is it because you sincerely like their work and are just dying to have one of their cakes on your special day? Is it just because they are anti-lgbt? From my ignorant point of view, that’s just a little less business that they will be getting and someone else will benefit from. You can change hate in court. These so-called Christians only understand hate, never love. I’m open to hearing from anyone on this matter.

The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would hear the case of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, teeing up the country’s highest stakes legal showdown about whether laws that protect LGBT people from discrimination can violate religious people’s constitutional rights.

The justices granted certiorari to hear the case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in its next term, which begins in October.

“We were surprised,” Kristen Waggoner, general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious legal group representing the baker, said in an interview with BuzzFeed News on Monday morning. The high court had been silent on the case for months, leading many legal experts to believe the court would reject it.

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Homophobic Farmer Banned from Sales

I love how homophobes are so hypocritical. It’s okay for this dude to express his First Amendment Rights of Free Speech, but it’s no okay for him to be punished for infringing on someone else’s civil rights.

A farmer from Michigan is suing the city of East Lansing, Michigan after he was banned from selling produce in a farmer’s market because of a homophobic Facebook post.

Stephen Tennes is a farmer on the outskirts of East Lansing and also rents his land out for weddings.

His farm quickly became a popular location for the joyous celebrations, but in December the farmer announced that he would only permit heterosexual marriages on his premises.
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Small Cities Stand Up for LGBT Rights

In conjunction with the previous post regarding the map showing which states have full on lgbt protections, there’s this story of how one small city of 28,000 in West Virginia is embracing lgbt rights because they understand what it means financially and otherwise if they don’t. People have taken notice to what happened in North Carolina when they passed that bathroom bill.

When Mike Lujano and George Lenz hoisted a rainbow flag outside their business in a Victorian brownstone on Market Street two decades ago, they found that few neighbors in socially conservative Wheeling, West Virginia, knew it was a symbol of gay pride.

The married owners of Edna’s hair salon in this faded industrial city of 28,000 at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains never dreamed that one day they would be at a packed city council meeting, cheering the passage of an ordinance barring discrimination over sexual orientation and gender identity.

Defying stereotypes in the U.S. culture wars over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, Wheeling is among a recent wave of small cities, many in parts of the country that voted for Republican President Donald Trump, to embrace these protections.

“We told people this wasn’t a bad place,” said Lujano, 53, who was in the audience when the ordinance passed in late December. “Finally, this confirmed it.”

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HRC Benefits from Inaugural Cake

This is the best news yet to come out of this travesty of an election…

The cake seemed to originally find offense with the baker of President Obama’s inauguration cake back in 2012. Duff Goldman has appeared on the Food Network with some of his creations. But rather than taking credit for the cake that wasn’t theirs, the new bakery – Buttercream Bakeshop – was commissioned to recreate Goldman’s cake. They then donated all profits from their efforts to the Human Rights Campaign. Because we all know that the new VP hates lgbt citizens.

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Gender Neutral Period Company Helping Females Around the World

It’s unbelievable that this happens in the US. While it’s unacceptable that it happens all over the world, it’s understandable. If you’re dirt poor and have to choose between feeding yourself or buying tampons or sanitary pads, it’s a no-brainer. I think this is a brilliant idea and shameful that it’s taken a teenager to really push something like this to the forefront.

A female-bodied person’s period is natural. It’s something that has happened since the dawn of time, and without it, none of us would exist. And yet its importance, and its destigmatization, isn’t always valued by society as a whole. Most states still tax women on a product they need to function; girls in third world countries often miss school and ultimately drop out because supplies are not provided to them while menstruating; and women are at risk of losing access to basic reproductive rights based on President-elect Trump’s promises to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Xtian Filmmakers File Suit Against MN Anti-Discrimination Law

No one has yet put this couple in the position of having to accept or reject the filming of any weddings, yet they feel the need to sue the state of Minnesota because they’re afraid they might be asked to film a gay wedding. Never mind that they don’t even advertise wedding filming of ANY kind on their website. Still, apparently the mere thought makes them quake in their Christian boots. I’m sure if they keep advertising their hate loud enough, though, smart LGBT folks will steer very widely around them. Maybe they’ll survive on that hate, maybe they won’t.

A heterosexual Christian couple is suing the state of Minnesota because they’re scared they will have to film a gay wedding… even though no one has asked them to.

Carl and Angel Larsen run St Cloud video production company Telescope Media Group, and claim that their production company carries out filming work to bring “glory to God”.

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