The First Amendment Defense Act, recently proposed by Congressman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), aims to negate anti-discrimination laws under the guise of religious freedom.
Lise Iwon of Wakefield is retiring after 32 years of practicing law focused on families, civil rights, LGBT protections, housing issues, and health discrimination.
by Adam Brooks. The Florida House of Representatives voted last month to remove a statutory ban on lesbian and gay couples adopting children. The ban was enacted in 1977 but declared unconstitutional by a state appeals court in 2010. Since then, state officials haven’t been enforcing the ban, but it has remained in Florida statutes. […]
by Adam Brooks. In early 2013 a family-owned Oregon bakery turned away a lesbian couple who hoped to purchase a wedding cake. The owners, Aaron and Melissa Klein, claimed that serving homosexual couples didn’t coincide with their lifestyle and that they were “living in accordance with their beliefs.” The Kleins now face legal charges because […]
by Adam Brooks. In an interview with the New York Times, Gerald L. Storch, CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue’s parent company Hudson Bay, declined to retract his statement against former transgender employee Leyth Jamal, who has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against Saks. In a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, Saks issued a statement that […]
By Janson Wu, Executive Director On my first day as a GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) attorney in 2006, Mary Bonauto and Gary Buseck told me that GLAD was planning a challenge to DOMA Section 3 and that I would be working on the legal team. I was flabbergasted. Remember, that was when […]
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed a lawsuit last month against the Social Security Administration in the U.S. District Court over unlawfully denying survivor benefits to Deborah Tevyaw after the death of her wife, Patricia Baker, a former Rhode Island resident. Deborah, who was 56 and unable to work due to a disability, […]
by Jen Stevens. Options: I recently learned you were born the day Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at The March on Washington. Has this influenced you in any way? Kate: While I do enjoy the connection, I think more than anything it’s an indication that I was born […]
by The Lit Chick In Winning Marriage, Marc Solomon, the national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, details the inner politics of the fight for marriage from 2003, when popular politicians wouldn’t touch the issue, to this year, when same-sex marriage has the support of the majority of Americans and same-sex couples are able to […]
by TGI Network. Last month the Rhode Island Department of Health passed new regulations for transgender individuals who seek to change the gender markers on their Rhode Island birth certificates. TGI Network of Rhode Island wishes to thank our many leaders and advocates who fought alongside us to make this change possible including Gay & […]