The Supreme Court is set to hear a case concerning the rights of gay and lesbian Americans on Wednesday morning in a dispute that advocates are warning could pierce holes in the nation's anti-discrimination laws. Arguments, which will take place just a day after the presidential election , will mark the first major fight to come before Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was sworn in a week ago. Religious rights activists are pushing for the court to use the case, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, to overturn a year-old precedent that has for decades mediated the balance between freedom of conscience and the rights of minority groups. Doing so could effectively reverse the court's trend in recent years of advancing protections for LGBT people, civil rights advocates warn.
19 Main Pros and Cons of LGBT Rights
19 Main Pros and Cons of LGBT Rights - aservis.info
The Trump administration is proposing a rule that would allow faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to continue getting taxpayer funding even if they exclude LGBTQ families and others from their services based on religious beliefs. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. President Donald Trump has made addressing the concerns of evangelical voters a priority of his presidency. The White House says the rule from the Department of Health and Human Services is needed to remove barriers that prevent some nonprofits from helping vulnerable people in their communities. It would apply to a broad range of organizations that receive federal support, such as those that get federal funding to help the homeless or prevent HIV. But the focus from supporters and detractors Friday was on foster care and adoption services. Under the proposed rule, HHS would redo an Obama-era rule that included sexual orientation as a protected trait under anti-discrimination protections.
Adoption & Same-Sex Marriages: How Parental Rights Work
Same-sex marriage has been legalized in twenty-eight countries, including the United States, and civil unions are recognized in many Western democracies. Civil Society. While same-sex marriage has made the most gains in Western democracies, antidiscrimination laws are gaining traction worldwide. In , seventy-three countries, including some that retain sodomy laws, had protections against employment discrimination [PDF] based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Activists in the international arena have focused on antiviolence and antidiscrimination campaigns rather than same-sex marriage.
Joint adoption by same-sex couples is legal in twenty-seven countries as well as several subnational jurisdictions and dependent territories. Furthermore, some form of step-child adoption is legal for same-sex couples in five countries. Given that constitutions and statutes usually do not address the adoption rights of LGBT persons, judicial decisions often determine whether they can serve as parents either individually or as couples.