Equality Virginia has created a petition asking for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Virginia to apologize to John Murphy, a gay Catholic man who was fired from his position as executive director at St. Francis Home, a diocese-owned assisted living home.
On Monday, July 27th 2015, a lawsuit filed to allow a transgender teen to use the boys' restrooms in his school moved forward, as U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar dismissed the Title IX discrimination claims in the suit.
In a statement of interest filed Monday, the U.S. Justice Department sided with transgender teen Gavin Grimm, who filed a lawsuit against his school district in Virginia claiming their restroom policy is discriminatory.
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After 2013's SCOTUS ruling that struck down parts of the discriminatory "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA), 2014 saw great advancement for marriage equality in the United States as fifteen more states became places where same-sex couples can legally marry. Read more about the states that made marriage equality the law of the land this year below.
Following the Supreme Court's denial to hear marriage equality cases, five states' attorneys general, county clerks, and thousands of couples are preparing to mobilize.
Today, the US Supreme Court denied hearings for all five of the cases before it.
The U.S. Supreme Court stayed a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that found Virginia's ban on marriage for same-sex couples to be unconstitutional.
A federal appeals court has refused to issue a stay on marriage equality in Virginia. Unless the US Supreme Court issues a stay, couples could start marrying as early as next week.