Content Filed Under: Setback

Stories of non-discrimination legislation or litigation that has suffered a setback, or situations where non-discrimination protections have been repealed.


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Tennessee Governor Signs Discriminatory LGBT Erasure Bill into Law

By Adam Polaski • May 5, 2017, 1:35 pm Republican Gov. Bill Haslam just signed House Bill 1111 into law. The measure requires the state to interpret all undefined words such as “mother,” “father,” “husband” and “wife,” by their “natural and ordinary meaning."
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Alabama Governor Signs Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill into Law

By Adam Polaski • May 3, 2017, 7:27 pm The new law allows taxpayer funded child placement agencies to discriminate against loving and qualified parents based on the agency’s moral or religious beliefs.
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New Anti-LGBT Legislation in Texas Would Roll Back Existing Protections for Transgender People

By Adam Polaski • April 14, 2017, 12:15 pm Lawmakers in the Texas House of Representatives have introduced an insidious local preemptions bill that seeks to roll back existing legal protections for transgender people living in certain parts of the Lone Star State.
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NCAA Acquiesces to New Anti-LGBT Law that Replaced North Carolina’s HB2

By Adam Polaski • April 4, 2017, 10:30 am The NCAA announced this morning that North Carolina’s hastily passed HB 142 law “minimally” met the league’s standards for consideration in awarding championship events.
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NC General Assembly Passes So-Called HB 2 ‘Repeal’ That Is Anything But

By Megan Clayton • March 30, 2017, 2:17 pm The North Carolina General Assembly advanced a so-called HB 2 compromise bill today that unfortunately does nothing to address the underlying problems of the original law.
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Rather Than Simply Repeal HB2, North Carolina Lawmakers Double Down on Discrimination with New Proposal

By Adam Polaski • March 30, 2017, 9:24 am The legislation lawmakers will vote on, however, leaves the most discriminatory components of HB 2 in place and puts nondiscrimination protections for LGBT North Carolinians out of reach for years to come.
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Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Bill Making It a Crime for Transgender People to Use the Restroom

By Adam Polaski • March 17, 2017, 5:07 pm Today in Arkansas, the House of Representatives advanced HB1986, which seeks to effectively criminalize transgender people from using public restrooms that align with their gender identity.
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Tennessee House Passes Bill to Erase Rights for Same-Sex Couples, Parents from State Law

By Adam Polaski • March 16, 2017, 5:31 pm Today, Thursday March 16, the Tennessee House of Representatives advanced legislation that attempts to eliminate rights for same sex couples and parents.
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Texas Senate Engrosses Broad Anti-LGBT Bill SB6 on 21-10 Vote

By Adam Polaski • March 15, 2017, 9:28 am On Tuesday, March 14, the Texas Senate took one more step toward approving SB 6, voting to engross the bill 21-10. The Senate is likely to vote on final passage today.
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Shameful: South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Signs Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill into Law

By Adam Polaski • March 10, 2017, 7:19 pm The new law will allow taxpayer-funded child-placement agencies to deny services, including adoption and foster care, to qualified and loving LGBT individuals, based on the agency’s religious or moral convictions.
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New Hampshire House Refuses to Consider Transgender Nondiscrimination Protections

By Adam Polaski • March 10, 2017, 2:18 pm The New Hampshire House of Representatives refused to debate House Bill 478 on Thursday, tabling the bill in a 187-179 vote.
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Louisiana Judge Rules Against Governor’s LGBT Executive Order in Attorney General’s Shameful Lawsuit

By Adam Polaski • December 14, 2016, 2:52 pm Today, December 14, 19th Judicial District Court Judge Todd Hernandez issued a ruling against a 2016 executive order in Louisiana protecting LGBT contractors and employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Ignoring Lessons of HB2, Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick Doubles Down on Anti-LGBT Legislation

By Adam Polaski • October 24, 2016, 6:54 pm Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said last week that pursuing an anti-LGBT bill that bans transgender people from using public restrooms is his top priority for the upcoming legislative session.
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Question Seeking to Repeal #TransLawMA Qualifies for 2018 Ballot

By Adam Polaski • October 11, 2016, 5:30 pm Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin announced this afternoon that opponents of transgender equality have collected sufficient signatures to qualify support the proposed initiative for the ballot.
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In Outrageous Ruling, Judge Grants Request by States Seeking to Roll Back Federal Transgender Protections

By Adam Polaski • August 22, 2016, 9:12 am The lawsuit, at its basest level, is a shameful attack on transgender people with one purpose: To enshrine transgender people as second-class citizens under the law and inflict discrimination into their everyday lives.