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The clause, which took effect inprovides "nor shall any State [ A primary motivation for this clause was to validate the equality provisions contained in the Civil Rights Act ofwhich guaranteed that all citizens would have the guaranteed right to equal protection by law. As a whole, the Fourteenth Amendment marked a large shift in American constitutionalism, by applying substantially more constitutional restrictions against the states than had applied before the Civil War.

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Since then, the highest federal court in the country has weighed-in on about a dozen other LGBT rights—related cases, which have had powerful impacts on the gay rights movement. SCOTUS's first gay rights case focused on the First Amendment—specifically, how the rights of free speech and press apply to homosexual content. InLos Angeles' postmaster Otto Olesen ordered federal postal authorities to seize ONEa homosexual magazine the nation's firstarguing that the magazine's content was "obscene.

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On May 20,the Supreme Court issued an early landmark decision supporting the right of gays under the Constitution to seek protection from discrimination. Justice Kennedy wrote the majority decision in Romer v. Evansstarting his prominent role in future decisions that affected the constitutional rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

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While the three new cases deal directly only with the job-bias promise of the Civil Rights Act — that is, Title VII — it will almost certainly settle the same kind of question arising under another similarly-worded provision Title IX that protects against sex discrimination in programs that are partly funded by the federal government. In addition, the outcome also could provide strong hints about how the current Supreme Court would view similar claims of gay and transgender discrimination under the equal-protection guarantees of the Fifth Amendment affecting federal laws and programs and the 14th Amendment affecting state and local laws and public programs. The Court has spent weeks examining the new cases that it agreed on Monday to review. Hearings and final rulings are expected in the new Court term that opens early in October and continues through late June

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Earlier this week, the Supreme Court announced that it would review three cases that could decide whether the ban on discrimination based on sex in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. While the outcome is uncertain, the court should take an expansive view of the protections embodied in Title VII and hold that the act prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Failure to do so would set back the struggle for equal rights and further erode public trust in the ability of the court to safeguard the rights of all Americans.

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Jump to navigation Skip navigation. The struggle of LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for equal rights has moved to center stage. LGBT people are battling for their civil rights in Congress, in courtrooms and in the streets.

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Skip to content. Public Education. The mission of the Division is to educate the public about law and its role in society.

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What limitations does the Constitution place on ability of states to treat people differently because of their sexual orientation? The Court first considered the matter in the case of Bowers v Hardwicka challenge to a Georgia law authorizing criminal penalties for persons found guilty of sodomy. Although the Georgia law applied both to heterosexual and homosexual sodomy, the Supreme Court chose to consider only the constitutionality of applying the law to homosexual sodomy.

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Judge Colleen Kollar-Kottely says the policy probably violates the equal protection of the laws. Letters: Letters to the editor. The Economist explains: The constitutionality of same-sex marriage.

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And the odds of Congress changing that in the immediate future are slim. While courts and federal agencies have found some protections for gay and transgender Americans under existing statutes, efforts to pass a law that explicitly makes it illegal to deny them an apartment or fire them from a job have faltered. LGBT rights advocates have been pushing to pass such laws for decades, starting long before their successful fights to legalize same-sex marriage and allow gay people to serve openly in the military.

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