On Wednesday, in two decisions—Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania and Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru—the Supreme Court ruled in favor of any employer using religious grounds to discriminate against women in health care insurance coverage and exempted religious employers from anti-discrimination laws.
In a 7-2 decision issued on Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld Trump administration rules allowing employers to opt out of providing birth control if they have religious objections. Feminists are reeling from the devastating ruling that prioritizes employers’ religious beliefs over women’s rights to bodily autonomy and full control over their reproductive lives.
The June Medical Services v. Russo Supreme Court decision has feminists feeling “equal parts relieved and hopeful about the important win, and enraged and fearful about how temporary and incomplete it is.”
After yesterday’s fractured opinion, legislatures will continue passing ever-more restrictive laws, and states will press hard to get them back in front of this unsettled Supreme Court.
June Medical Services presented the Court with a second bite at the apple. Louisiana couldn’t get Roberts to bite this time. But there’s a lot of the apples in the tree, and it only takes one.
The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. At a press conference, the case’s litigators acknowledged that this ruling represented a victory for abortion access; however, the fight is far from over.
While Obergefell v. Hodges represented an indisputable victory for LGBTQ legal rights in the U.S., it’s important to consider that for any marginalized group, progress doesn’t come just through acceptance by legal institutions—and acceptance by legal institutions doesn’t necessarily translate to cultural acceptance. In fact, a lot of the progress that our community has fought viciously for happened outside of courtrooms. It happened in the streets.
Today marks the five-year anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, the historic Supreme Court decision affirming the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide.
Here are some of the best ways to celebrate LGBTQ+ equality on this historic day, and every day!
The Supreme Court’s ruling that members of the LGBTQ community are protected against workplace discrimination under Title VII is monumental. But there is still much work to be done to fully eradicate discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.
“The Supreme Court has reinforced what we have known from the beginning of this fight: this country is the home of the Dreamers,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation.
On Thursday, June 18, the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. DACA protects hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.