Texas Church Group Wants Exemption From LGBT Bias Laws From Law360: "Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the city of Austin's anti-employment discrimination statute illegally block religious employers from denying jobs and benefits to gay and transgender workers, a Texas-based church group alleges in two new federal suits, one of which is styled as a proposed class action." I see this as the latest manufactured attempt to make inroads into and weaken anti-discrimination law. By using sympathetic appeals to religious freedom, which should properly be respected for churches, these cases go far beyond respect for churches. The lawsuit claims that the law forces churches to hire priests in violation of religious law, which is not true. Instead, they seek to immunize any business owner who claims religion as a reason to discriminate against LGBT people. Here's my law review article on the subject: http://bit.ly/2NAZ2Hv Here's the rest of the story from Law360: "The U.S. Pastor Council, a...
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A federal court last night said that House Bill 142, the 2017 law that replaced North Carolina’s notorious anti-LGBT measure, House Bill 2, does not bar transgender people from using public restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder also said that he would allow a challenge to the law’s ban on local LGBT nondiscrimination policies to go forward. https://ift.tt/2zJHepJ
See this link: https://www.lambdalegal.org/blog/20181001_court-says-nc-law-does-not-bar-trans-people-from-public-facilities
As part of the nomination process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, several Senators have said that they do not consider it appropriate to vote against Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination because of the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. They have stated it is a denial of due process to do so, because there is no “corroboration.” It is true that, at one time, sexual assault had “corroboration” as a required element of the crime. That time ended many years ago.
No corroboration is necessary for a criminal conviction. With regard to the issues surrounding the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford about her sexual assault by Judge Kavanaugh, many Senators and commentators note the lack of corroboration as a factor that would not permit a criminal conviction of Judge Kavanaugh. This appears to be in error. In Maryland, where the sexual assault occured, it should be noted that there is no legal requirement of corroboration of the victim's testimony. Sen. Flake said in statement...
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