Tag: civil rights

SCOTUS refuses to hear challenge to anti-LGBTQ law

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a Mississippi law that would let businesses and government workers refuse service to LGBTQ people if they had a religious objection. Bloomberg reported that the court turned away two appeals by state residents and organizations that contended the measure violates the Constitution. A federal appeals court…

Women’s groups plan marches for inauguration anniversary

SPRINGFIELD — A coalition of women’s groups from across the state are planning marches Chicago, Springfield and Carbondale on Jan. 20. According to a press release, Women’s March Chicago, Action Illinois and Women United Network are organizing statewide marches in celebration of the first anniversary of the Women’s Marches of 2017. Named the March on the Polls,…

Three LGBTQ rights laws go into effect Jan. 1

CHICAGO — Three laws supporting LGBTQ rights passed and signed in 2017 will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Equality Illinois, the statewide LGBTQ rights organization, said they had pushed for all three during the year. The birth certificate modernization law allows transgender people tto update the gender marker on their birth certificate without…

U.S. Supreme Court lets Texas anti-marriage equality ruling remain

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let a Texas ruling that marriage equality did not mean same-sex couples could receive spousal benefits. The Austin American-Statesmen reported that the city of Houston had asked the court to overturn last June’s Texas Supreme Court decision, which determined that all marriage-related matters were not decided when…

Women’s March Chicago announces affiliation with national organization

CHICAGO — Women’s March Chicago announced its affiliation with March On, a national organization of womens’ marches and progressive organizations, on Friday. The move is intended to amplify the group’s local actions in its focus on motivating women and their allies to get to the polls for the 2018 election. Similar actions are being planned by other women’s march organizers around the world, furthering the alignment and power of the movement.