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Judge: Anti-transgender birth certificate law violates order

Aug. 10, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials' latest attempt to ban transgender people from changing the gender on their birth certificates violates a court order issued two years ago, a federal judge said. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale first ruled in 2018 that a law barring the birth certificate changes was...

Gay officer who settled suit will resign from diversity unit

Jul. 31, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A gay St. Louis County police lieutenant who settled a discrimination lawsuit against the police department for $10.25 million said Friday he is resigning from his job as commander of the department's new diversity and inclusion unit. Keith Wildhaber, who is white, said he was the...

Health secretary hits back after transphobic attacks

Jul. 28, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s health secretary hit back Tuesday against the “perpetuators and the perpetrators” of transphobic attacks against her, saying they hurt the state’s LGBTQ residents and must come to an end. Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman who is leading...

New York sued over licenses that limit gender to 'M' or 'F'

Jul. 28, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A 25-year-old seeking a New York driver’s license with a nonbinary gender identity marker of “X” sued the state in federal court Tuesday. The lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal on behalf of Sander Saba challenges the state policy limiting gender identity on licenses to...

North Dakota governor blasts party's anti-LGBTQ resolution

Jul. 23, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican governor on Thursday blasted an anti-LGBTQ resolution that was passed by hundreds of his party's delegates, calling it insulting and divisive. The resolution — one of dozens of party policy statements in a passed by this spring by mail-in ballot...

Alaska city passes ordinance banning LGBTQ discrimination

Jul. 22, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's fifth-most populous city has passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ people, Alaska's Energy Desk reported. Ketchikan on July 16 approved the protections for LGBTQ people that aren't covered under federal law. Though the United States' Supreme Court...

Dem AGs sue to stop rule revoking transgender protections

Jul. 20, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A coalition of Democratic state attorneys general sued the Trump Administration on Monday, seeking to block next month’s implementation of a rule overturning Obama-era protections for transgender people against sex discrimination in health care. New York Attorney General Letitia...

Tom Alexander holds a cross as he prays prior to rulings outside the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The Supreme Court is siding with two Catholic schools in a ruling that underscores that certain employees of religious schools, hospitals and social service centers can’t sue for employment discrimination. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Double win at Supreme Court elates religious conservatives

Jul. 11, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Conservative-leaning faith leaders and their allies, outspoken in recent years about what they consider infringements on religious liberties, cheered Wednesday as the Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings that protected certain rights of religious employers. In Our Lady of Guadalupe School...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 8, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ July 6 The Florida Times-Union on the Affordable Care Act in Florida: There is no debate about this statistic: Florida is the most popular state for the Affordable Care Act. With 1.9 million Floridians signing up for Obamacare in 2019, Florida continues to lead the...

Alaska city approves draft of wide-ranging equal rights law

Jul. 8, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska city council approved a draft ordinance to protect equal rights for residents covering a range of personal, cultural and social circumstances. The first reading of an equal rights ordinance that passed last Thursday would prohibit discrimination based on factors including...