On the last day of Pride Month, The Supreme Court ruled against gay people 6-3 in favor of a Christian Web Designer in Colorado who had refused to create a website for a same-sex wedding. Dissenting Justice Sotomayor said “Today, the court, for the first time in its history, grants a business open to the public a constitutional right to refuse to serve members of a protected class.” She continued, “Our Constitution contains no right to refuse service to a disfavored group.
A pair of Federal Judges have blocked Tennessee and Kentucky’s laws that would have banned transgender youth from receiving gender-affirming healthcare. The preliminary injunctions come just as the law was set to go into effect. This affirms similar rulings made against laws in Alabama, Florida, and Indiana.
Two Democratic Congressmen are seeking to end the so-called “Gay Panic” defense in Federal Hate Crime cases by introducing a new bill called the LGBTQ+ Panic Defense Prohibition Act. If someone wants to claim they were ‘panicked’ by a victim’s LGBTQ+ identity, this law would not allow such a defense.