Author: Brooke Migdon

Christian university sues Washington AG over investigation into LGBTQ+ hiring policy

Story at a glance A private Christian university in Washington state has filed a federal lawsuit against the state’s attorney general over an investigation into the school’s hiring policies. Seattle Pacific University in its employee handbook requires employees to refrain from engaging in “same-sex sexual behavior,” which its says is inconsistent with the university’s “understanding…

In landmark ruling, Michigan Supreme Court says definition of ‘sex’ in discrimination law includes sexual orientation

Story at a glance The definition of sex in a decades-old Michigan discrimination law includes sexual orientation, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The ruling is the result of a 2020 case involving two Michigan businesses that denied services to patrons based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. While the decision was celebrated by…

Massachusetts governor signs bill safeguarding reproductive, gender-affirming health care into law

Story at a glance Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Friday approved legislation to protect access to abortion and gender-affirming health care. The law also shields providers and patients from actions taken by other states where those services are illegal or heavily restricted. State lawmakers introduced the measure just days after the Supreme Court overturned…

DeSantis files complaint against Miami restaurant after kids attend drag show, citing 1947 ruling on ‘men impersonating women’

Story at a glance The Florida governor in a complaint filed this week against R House in Miami alleges the restaurant broke state law by hosting drag brunch events with children in attendance. The complaint alleges the establishment violated Florida public decency law, citing a 1947 state Supreme Court ruling. If the complaint is successful,…

Florida DOE to schools: follow Biden transgender protections and risk breaking state law

Florida’s Education Department in a memo sent Thursday to school leaders across the state said recent guidance from the Biden administration to expand Title IX protections for transgender students should be ignored, citing safety concerns and suggesting the guidance may violate Florida law. Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. in a memo addressed to state…