Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling against the owners of an Oregon bakery who refused based on their Christian beliefs to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in another case pitting gay rights against religious rights. The justices, sidestepping a major ruling on the divisive legal issues raised by the case, did not issue a written opinion and there was no publicly recorded vote. The Kleins argued that the state fine violated the their rights of free speech and free exercise of religion under the U.
Inthe Australian Bureau of Statistics conducted its General Social Survey and people were asked about their sexual orientation in the survey for the first time. Views of others — There is scant credible evidence on how society views lesbians, gay men and bisexuals. However, attitudes appear to be changing.
For the first time, a federal appeals court has ruled that a civil rights law, as now understood, protects gay and lesbian employees from discrimination in the workplace based on their homosexuality. The Supreme Court has never ruled on the issue, but it is now likely to reach the Justices because of the split that the new decision on Tuesday created at the appeals court level. In an 8-to-3 decision, the full U.
The information in this response was provided by a representative at the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action CAFRAa regional umbrella organization of women's organizations and women activists founded inwho stated that "homosexuality is still criminalized under the law in Trinidad and Tobago, and gays and lesbians do not enjoy any legal recognition" 5 May The source reported that sociological and scientific data on lesbianism in Trinidad and Tobago is lacking primarily because of the absence of studies on the subject; therefore any analysis of the situation must be made cautiously ibid. The source stated that Trinidadian societal attitude towards gays and lesbians is driven by strong homophobia ibid.
The goal of full legal and social equality for gay men and lesbians sought by the gay movement in the United States and other Western countries. The term gay originally derived from slang, but it has gained wide acceptance in recent years, and many people who are sexually attracted to others of the same sex prefer it to the older and more clinical term homosexual. The drive for legal and social equality represents one aspect of a broader gay and lesbian movement that, since the late s, has worked to change attitudes toward homosexuality, develop gay community institutions, and improve the self-image of gay men and lesbians.
The practice of adoption has changed dramatically over the past century, with profound implications for children and families. One significant example is that many categories of adults who previously were prohibited or at least discouraged from adopting—such as single, lower income and foster parents—have been increasingly accepted as suitable adoption applicants. Perhaps the most remarkable and controversial transformation during this time has been the growing willingness of adoption professionals to place children with sexual-minority individuals and couples.
Lesbianism is the sexual and romantic desire between females. There are far fewer historical mentions of lesbianism than male homosexuality, due to many historical writings and records focusing primarily on men. The evidence about female homosexuality in the ancient Greek world is limited, it being hardly mentioned in extant Greek literature.
The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed an amendment allowing taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to deny LGBTQ families the ability to adopt a child based on religious objection. The amendment also bars the federal government from refusing to work with adoption agencies that discriminate. The vote in the committee wasalong party lines, with Rep.
The Georgia state senate has passed a bill that would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples based on their religious beliefs. A Senate Judiciary sub-committee met on Feb. Senators debated the bill for over an hour, and the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage was a hot topic throughout, with several senators who support the bill quoting directly from the ruling.
Kate Kendell leads the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. Kate grew up Mormon in Utah and received her J. After a few years as a corporate attorney she was named the first staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. In that capacity, she assists in the development of litigation and litigation strategy, and is responsible for all aspects of agency operation, and development of strategy.