Britany Riley  //  6/25/17  //  Topic Update


Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ speech to the Alliance Defending Freedom suggests that he cannot be trusted to defend LGBT rights, argues Brian McBride at Human Rights Campaign.

A recent Fifth Circuit ruling on LGBT rights and religious freedom, with major implications for federal civil rights policy, is mistaken and should be reheard en banc, explains Joshua Matz on Take Care.

LGBT leaders are raising concerns about John Bush and Damian Schiff, who were nominated for judicial positions by President Trump.

  • Lambda Legal along with 27 other LGBT groups are urging the Senate to oppose the confirmations, calling them a “grave threat” to LGBT rights (Lambda Legal)
  • Mary Bonauto, who argued Obergefell v. Hodges in the Supreme Court, writes that the nominees could prove disastrous for the LGBT community (Bangor Daily News).

The Senate confirmed John Bush, President Trump’s nominee to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, despite concerns by civil rights advocates (WaPoPoliticoBuzzfeed News).

  • Lambda Legal issued a press release stating that Judge Bush was strongly opposed by LGBT advocates.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump’s nomination of Howard Nielson, Jr. to the federal bench is an attack on LGBTQ rights.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

The Pentagon released a detailed policy for recruiting transgender troops.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

This week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop, a case invoking the conflict between religious beliefs and non-discrimination ordinances.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School