The struggle for LGBT rights and the struggle for reproductive rights are inseparable—and we have to change the role religion is playing.
A ruling late Thursday shows that the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case was as much a political decision as a legal one.
Fourteen faith leaders, including many who have been allies of the administration, are urging the president to include a religious exemption in his upcoming executive order that will ban federal contractors from employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
Tyler Brandt being forced to wear a nametag with a homophobic, ableist slur is but one example of the problems that face LGBT people every day in the workforce, despite President Obama’s attempts to address workplace discrimination of LGBT people on a federal level.
Wheaton College, a religiously affiliated nonprofit, has asked for an emergency order exempting it from complying with the accommodation to the contraception benefit in the Affordable Care Act.
Although the reproductive rights movement and the broader feminist movement have become increasingly intersectional, there is still much work to be done in centering the issues faced by women who are not white, economically advantaged, heterosexual, and cisgender.
Amid the anguish over the Hobby Lobby ruling Monday was a note of optimism among some liberals, suggesting that the ruling was constructed with a narrowness that specifically prohibits use of its legal reasoning to protect religiously inspired discrimination against LGBT people. If only that was in fact the case.
Religious conservatives challenged the California law, arguing it violated their First Amendment rights.
Thanks to the conservatives on the Supreme Court, corporations now have a whole new basis for objecting to government regulations.
Monday’s ruling is a cause for grave concern—for women, for LGBT people, and for other groups whose right to equal dignity and treatment in the workplace has been placed on shaky new ground.