North Carolina has made headlines recently for enacting laws requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex (as opposed to their gender identity). North Carolina and the United States Justice Department filed competing lawsuits against each other yesterday regarding the legality of the restroom law.
Today Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a bill into law that Mississippi claims protects “sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions of individuals, organizations and private associations from discriminatory action by state government.” Both gay rights groups and Mississippi’s businesses are calling the legislation “discriminatory.”
On Friday, June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires all states to issue marriage licenses between two adults of the same sex. The Court’s historic ruling has wide-reaching implications for same-sex couples across the country and is a big step for equal rights. However, the fight for equality cannot stop here. Marriage equality is only one component of civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation.