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Anti-LGBTQ Stigma in Court Case Could Lead to Discrimination Based on Race, Gender, Etc.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia yesterday, a case which hinges on whether religious institutions can be exempt from non-discrimination protections. In this case, the specific circumstances involve sexual orientation, but one legal scholar argues Fulton could open the door for other types of discrimination, too. Read More

Fulton Case Before SCOTUS Could Be “Crushing Blow” to LGBTQ Rights

Regardless of the U.S. election's outcome, LGBTQ equal rights will remain under attack because "the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary now pose a serious threat to our most basic freedoms," wrote Jamie Manson, the new president of Catholics for Choice. Read More

USCCB Set to Elect New Chair of LGBTQ-Negative Religious Liberty Committee

The United States of Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will vote for the new chair of the influential Committee for Religious Liberty at their virtual general assembly in November. In addition, the bishops will vote on chairs for seven other committees in the Conference. Read More

Vatican Rips United Nations Report on Gender Equality as “Unacceptable and Offensive”

The Vatican has criticized sharply a new United Nations report on the human rights of women and of LGBTQ people, suggesting that "particularly unacceptable and offensive" are sections which the Holy See claims require religious liberty to be subjugated to "human rights."  Read More

Why the U.S. Bishops Can’t Have It Both Ways

If some bishops get their way to be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents, it would erode the firewall intended to prevent religious institutions from controlling government, and vice versa. Read More

Catholics Central in LGBTQ, Religious Liberty Cases Before U.S. Supreme Court This Term

Are LGBTQ people protected from discrimination under federal law or not? This question is central to three LGBTQ-focused cases that U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments for today. While none of these cases directly involve Catholic plaintiffs or defendants, Catholics remain central to important cases involving LGBTQ issues and religious liberty that the Court will consider this term. Read More

U.S. Bishops Applaud Trump Administration Proposal Allowing Anti-LGBTQ Employment Discrimination

Top U.S. bishops have welcomed the Trump administration's proposed rule that would allow federal contractors to discriminate against LGBTQ employees. Read More

Trump Administration Appoints LGBTQ-Negative Catholic to Lead Natural Law Commission

The Trump administration has appointed a high-profile, LGBTQ-negative Catholic to lead a new human rights commission that has raised concerns for advocates of gender and sexual equality. Read More