Lesbian/Gay Law Notes – 2015 – Issue 08 – September

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Democrats Introduce “Equality Act” in Congress

On July 23, a group of almost 200 Democratic members of Congress introduced The Equality Act in the House and Senate. The lead sponsor in the House is Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island. The lead sponsor in the Senate is Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. The bill was...

Houston Equal Rights Amendment Will Be on November 2015 Ballot

Houston citizens opposed to the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance enacted last year due to its prohibition of discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity submitted petitions seeking to compel the City Council to either repeal it or put it on the ballot...

8th Circuit Rules on Pending State Marriage Equality Appeals

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S. Ct. 2583 (June 26, 2015), that same-sex couples have a right to marry under the 14th Amendment, it technically reversed a ruling by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which had in November 2014 itself...

2nd Circuit Expands Liability for Sexual Harassment by Prison Guards

What the right hand had given in Boddie v. Schnieder, 105 F.3d 857, 861 (2d Cir.1997) (sexual harassment of prisoners violates the Eighth Amendment), the left hand took away by requiring that the conduct be “severe and repetitive.” Now, in Crawford v. Cuomo, 2015 WL...