May 26, 2018

U.S. courts face wave of LGBT cases

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Courts around the country are facing a wave of cases regarding LGBT rights, the Associated Press reports, as the Supreme Court nears a decision on the wedding cake case.

The big picture: The pending result of the case for the Colorado baker who refused to serve a same-sex couple could indicate "how willing the justices are to carve out exceptions to anti-discrimination laws," per the AP.

State of play: In 21 states, business owners in the wedding business are involved in legal disputes who refuse to serve same-sex couples as they reject gay marriage "on religious grounds."

  • There are several cases regarding protections for the LGBT community under civil rights law, the AP reports.

What to watch: California and Texas courts are working through lawsuits regarding hospitals refusing to perform hysterectomies on individuals transitioning from female to male, citing religious objections.

  • The American Civil Liberties Union is suing against Michigan's policies which allow "faith-based child placement agencies to reject same-sex couples."

What's happening: Federal appeals courts in New York and Chicago recently overturned previous decisions and ruled that gay and lesbian workers are protected from discrimination under Title VII.

  • Two federal courts have decided on whether or not transgender people are included in the "prohibition on sex discrimination in education." They ruled in favor of transgender students using bathrooms that correlate with their identities.

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Government will cover uninsured patients' coronavirus treatment

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The federal government will cover the costs of coronavirus treatment for the uninsured, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at a White House briefing Friday.

How it works: The money will come from a $100 billion pot set aside for the health care industry in the most recent stimulus bill. Providers will be paid the same rates they get for treating Medicare patients, and as a condition of those payments, they won't be allowed to bill patients for care that isn't covered.

More states issue stay-at-home orders as coronavirus crisis escalates

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a stay-at-home order on Friday as the novel coronavirus pandemic persists. The order goes into effect Saturday at 5 p.m. and will remain in place through April 30. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson also issued a statewide social distancing order on Friday.

The big picture: In a matter of weeks, the number of states that issued orders nearly quadrupled, affecting almost 300 million Americans.

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