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LGBTQ Advocates in Malta Push Back Against Religious Opposition to New Equality Bill

The Equality Bill being currently being debated in Malta, a majority Catholic nation, has been facing pushback from religious groups the past few months. These groups seek a “conscientious objection” clause added to the bill that would allow faith-based schools and other institutions to be exempt from the proposed law’s LGBTQ non-discrimination protections. In an opinion piece for Malta Today, Cynthia Chircop and Joe Grima of the Malta LGBTQ Rights Movement argue that a conscientious objection clause is nothing more than a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, as well as people who are planning on getting divorced. Read More

University of Notre Dame Adds “Gender Identity” to Anti-Harassment Policies

The University of Notre Dame recently added “gender identity” to a list of protected categories in its policies on discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, and other sex-based misconduct. Read More

Italian Bishops Worry Non-Discrimination Bill Would Criminalize LGBTQ-Negative Voices

The Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) has criticized Italy’s new bill which would criminalize discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Read More

New Survey Showcases Widespread Catholic Support for LGBTQ Equality in the U.S.

New data shows that a  majority of U.S. Catholics continue to support the LGBTQ community broadly, demonstrated in three main areas: religious refusal laws, non-discrimination protections, and same-gender marriage. Read More

South Dakota Bishops “Praised” New Bill Banning Some Healthcare for Transgender Youth

In several U.S. states where local governments have taken up LGBTQ rights, the Catholic hierarchy is placing itself in opposition to equality. Today's post features three related stories. Read More

Lesbian Employee Sues St. Joseph’s University Over Discrimination and Harassment

A former campus minister at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, is suing the school for workplace discrimination and harassment based on actions she experienced after marrying her same-gender spouse.  Read More

U.S. Bishops Voice Objections to Republican-Led ‘Fairness for All Act’

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently wrote to Congress to express concerns over the Fairness for All Act which aims to simultaneously protect LGBTQ people from discrimination and religious institutions’ freedom from government interference. Read More

German Laity Endorses Blessings for Same-Gender Couples, While Swiss Bishops Neutral on LGBTQ Law

In two European developments, lay Catholics in Germany formally endorsed church blessings for same-gender couples, while bishops in Switzerland have chosen to remain neutral on an upcoming LGBTQ referendum. Read More