A divided court: Supreme Court is divided over gay, transgender job bias in civil rights case to be decided during election. About 4. And, on the flip side, if the court affirms rulings from the EEOC and various appeals courts, the decision would permeate other areas, she said. A jumbled patchwork of state laws, local ordinances and conflicting court rulings now make up the discrimination rulebook. New York became the latest state in January to add gender identity to its anti-discrimination laws, which cover employment, after a years-long effort.
Battling the 'homosexual agenda,' the hard-line religious right has made a series of incendiary claims. But they're just not true. Ever since born-again singer and orange juice pitchwoman Anita Bryant helped kick off the contemporary anti-gay movement some 40 years ago, hard-line elements of the religious right have been searching for ways to demonize gay people — or, at a minimum, to find arguments that will prevent their normalization in society. For the former Florida beauty queen and her Save Our Children group, it was the alleged plans of gay men and lesbians to "recruit" in schools that provided the fodder for their crusade.
The Muslim man in his 30s — whose name has been withheld by his lawyer to protect him — filed the lawsuit after he was arrested in the central Selangor state in for attempting gay sex, an allegation he denies. Same-sex acts are illegal in Malaysia, although convictions are rare. The country, which has 13 states, has a dual-track legal system, with Islamic criminal and family laws applicable to Muslims running alongside civil laws.
However, LGBT Americans may still face some legal and many social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents, particularly in states with large conservative populations, such as in the Deep South ; in rural areas; and in some Native American tribal nations. In five landmark rulings between the years and , the Supreme Court invalidated a state law banning protected class recognition based upon homosexuality , struck down sodomy laws nationwide, struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act , made same-sex marriage legal nationwide, and prohibited employment discrimination against gay and transgender employees. LGBT-related anti-discrimination law regarding housing and private and public services varies by state, leaving residents of some states unprotected.