Iowa state police eject LGBTQ students over restroom use

DES MOINES — About 150 LGBTQ students were kicked out of the Iowa State Capitol after trying to use the bathroom on Thursday.

According to the Des Moines Register, students with Iowa Safe Schools, an advocacy group for LGBTQ students, were told by state police that they couldn’t use the restroom of their gender identity. When Iowa Safe Schools executive director Nate Monson told the police that the students could use the restroom, he was told that wasn’t the law.

Bill to strip transgender Iowans of rights dead on arrival

DES MOINES — A bill that would have removed transgender people from the state’s civil rights law was stopped before it even got to a subcommittee.

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that State Rep. Steven Holt, Repubilican chairman of the state House Judiciary Committee, would not allow the bill to move forward.

“It’s dead,” Holt told the AP. “It just would have had a lot of unintended consequences.”

Federal court says birth certificates should list both mothers in same-sex marriages

CHICAGO — The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals last week ruled in favor of women who sued to have both their names on their children’s birth certificate.

The case involves Indiana’s birth certificate law.

The Indiana Lawyer reported that the women filed a lawsuit in 2015 after they were prohibited from including both their names on their children’s birth certificates.