A federal court ruled that a transgender teen's lawsuit against a Virginia school district can move forward, supporting an Obama administration ruling that schools should allow bathroom access based upon gender identity rather than anatomy.
A three judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Gavin Grimm's lawsuit against Gloucester County Schools over not being allowed to use the men's room will be reheard at the lower court level, with instructions to favor the U.S. Justice Department's ruling that not allowing students to choose bathroom or locker room facilities based upon their gender identity is sex discrimination.
In a 2-1 decision, the majority opinion read that regarding the lower court decision they "reverse in part, vacate in part, and remand the case for further proceedings consistent with this opinion." more >>
After coming under fire for posting a comment on Facebook in defense of state laws aimed at protecting women in public bathrooms, former baseball pitcher Curt Schilling defended himself Tuesday by telling people it is their fault if they are offended in a lengthy follow up blog post
It was reported on Monday that Schilling, who is a baseball analyst for ESPN, reposted a picture on Facebook of a creepy-looking middle aged man wearing a blonde wig and provocative women's clothing along with this caption: "Let Him In! to the restroom with your daughter, or else you are a narrow minded, unloving racist bigot who needs to die!!!"
In a comment to the posted meme, which has since been deleted, Schilling wrote: "A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don't care what they are, who they sleep with, men's room was designed for the penis, women's not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently, Pathetic!" more >>
Minnesota-based retail giant Target announced Tuesday that transgender people are free to use the bathrooms and fitting rooms in their stores that match the gender they identify with, not their sex.
"We believe that everyone — every team member, every guest, and every community — deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally. Consistent with this belief, Target supports the federal Equality Act, which provides protections to LGBT individuals, and opposes action that enables discrimination," Target argued in a statement posted on the company's corporate website.
"In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity," the company added. more >>
Popular rock band Pearl Jam joined a growing list of people protesting North Carolina's bathroom bill when they announced the cancellation of their upcoming show scheduled for Wednesday in Raleigh.
The bill, which became law in March, mandates that people in public buildings must use the bathroom that matches the sex listed on their birth certificates, their biological sex, instead of the gender they choose to identify.
Pearl Jam called the law "a despicable piece of legislation." more >>
San Francisco's Chinese Christian Union and some of their neighbors have teamed up in a lawsuit against the city over the construction on an open air urinal, known as a pissoir, in a public park, which they say is discriminatory, offensive and a public health hazard.
The Pacific Justice Institute, a legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs in San Francisco's Superior Court last Thursday, challenging the city's use of public funds to encourage public urination. The San Francisco Chinese Christian Union is a religious nonprofit that does business in the city and County of San Francisco and represents 15 member churches, according to the lawsuit.
"PJI first reported on Feb. 4 that San Francisco had constructed a semi-circular structure, known as a pissoir, at the corner of Dolores Park. The wall is about 4 feet high and is completely open at the back, with no roof or doors. Men using the hole in the ground are visible to children playing in the park, passersby on the adjacent street, sidewalk and light rail, and to residents overlooking the park," they explained in a statement shared with The Christian Post. more >>
A recently released poll found that a majority of Americans believe the federal government's treatment of the Little Sisters of the Poor is "unfair."
In a Marist Poll conducted for the Knights of Columbus, 53 percent of adults surveyed said that the birth control mandate accommodation given to the nuns was "unfair," versus 32 percent who found it "fair."