How Trump Judges Are Eroding

LGBTQ Equality

In Telescope Media Group v. Lucero, Trump Eighth Circuit judge David Stras created a religious exemption from state anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBTQ people, allowing a video production business to refuse to produce wedding videos for same-sex couples.


In McGlone v. Metropolitan Government, Trump Sixth Circuit judge Joan Larsen joined an opinion finding that a municipality violated the First Amendment rights of anti-LGBTQ preachers. The preachers, who made anti-LGBTQ speeches for hours through amplified bullhorns at the 2015 Nashville Pride Festival, had been removed after being warned that they did not have the required permit to continue disrupting the event from the location they were occupying.


In U.S. v. Varner, Trump Fifth Circuit Judge Kyle Duncan refused to correct the record so that plaintiff’s name on her judgement of conviction reflected her name and gender following her transition. He also insisted on using her wrong gender pronouns in court.


In Gibson v. Collier, Trump Fifth Circuit judge James Ho authored the majority opinion in a case that upheld a lower court’s decision to throw out a lawsuit brought by a transgender prisoner claiming that Texas prison officials violated her Eight Amendment rights by showing “deliberate indifference” to her gender dysphoria, a diagnosed medical condition.


In Vazzo v. City of Tampa, Trump Florida district court judge William F. Jung ruled that Tampa did not have the authority to ban conversion therapy.

 


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