AG's religious objection order undercuts LGBT protections - Jamaica Gleaner

In an order that undercuts federal protections for LGBT people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a sweeping directive to agencies yesterday to do as much as possible to accommodate those who claim their religious freedoms are being violated.

Sessions Releases Legal Guidance for Religious Liberty - Alive For Football

Today's guidance also confirms that government can not interfere with the autonomy of religious organizations. "Our freedom as citizens has always been inextricably linked with our religious freedom as a people", Sessions said. "Therefore, to the ...

Sessions Changes DOJ Course on Title VII Enforcement for Transgender Issues - JD Supra (press release)

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to all U.S. Attorneys revising how the Department of Justice will address gender identity claims under Title VII. In 2014, the Obama Administration DOJ stated that gender identity discrimination ...

Archbishop Lori: Religious liberty protections 'a victory for all Americans' - The Tidings

The chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Religious Liberty says that expanded religious liberty protections in the federal contraception mandate are a “victory for the First Amendment, and a victory for all Americans, even those who don't agree with ...

The government's new religious freedom guidance: What does it mean? - The Tidings

Early in the memo, the guidance asserts, “Religious liberty is not merely a right to personal religious beliefs or even to worship in a sacred place. The document goes on to state that religious liberty extends not only to persons, but to organizations ...

'The War on Gays': Hollywood and Beyond Furious Over Jeff Sessions' 'License to Discriminate' Against LGBTQ ... - TooFab

"Any chance Jeff Sessions gets to thwart progress on LGBT rights, he will take," George Takei tweets. Hollywood is outraged over Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcement that the DOJ has rolled back protections for the LGBTQ community in the name of ...

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III permits employers to discriminate against transgender employees - Death and Taxes

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlaws gender discrimination against job-seekers, was extended to include trans folks during the Obama administration. In a move about as #onbrand as his penchant for racism, Attorney General Jefferson ...

DOJ Reverses Stance On Transgender Workplace Protections - Above the Law

In another about-face from the Trump administration, Jeff Sessions issued a memo two days ago stating that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (which bans workplace discrimination on the basis of sex) does not protect individuals against discrimination ...

Jeff Sessions consulted Christian right legal group on religious freedom memo - ABC News

Attorney General Jeff Sessions consulted Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal advocacy group that champions conservative Christian causes, ahead of issuing controversial guidance to government agencies and departments on Friday about how to interpret ...

New religious freedom protections draw praise from experts - Catholic News Agency

Washington D.C., Oct 6, 2017 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the Trump administration announced new exemptions to the contraceptive mandate and a religious freedom guidance, experts said both actions offered concrete protections of religious ...

US Department of Justice Memo: Sex Discrimination Law 'Does Not Refer to Gender Identity' - Christian News Network

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a memo revoking a previous determination by Obama Attorney General Eric Holder that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes gender identity. “Title VII expressly prohibits ...

Left Loses its Mind Over Jeff Sessions Memo That Brazenly Restates Existing Law - Reason (blog)

Jeff Sessions Gage Skidmore / FlickrThe Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is angrily condemning a memo released today by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that it describes as "an all-out assault on LGBTQ people" creating "a sweeping 'license to ...

Attorney General Issues 'License To Discriminate' Against Gays, Women - Patheos (blog)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issues new guidelines allowing taxpayer funded discrimination against gays and others in the name of “religious freedom.” On Friday Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued new instructions to federal agencies giving ...

LGBT community responds to Justice Department changes - ABC27

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced federal law does not protect transgender employees from workplace discrimination. “During my time here, a transgender individual did disclose that they had been fired from their job ...

TLDEF Condemns DOJ Memo Sanctioning Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination Under the Guise of “Religious Liberty” - MySoCalledGayLife.co.uk (press release) (blog)

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund condemns in the strongest possible terms the memo issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions today, deceptively titled “Federal Law Protections For Religious Liberty.” By. Press Room. -. October 6, 2017.

A loophole for discrimination? Jeff Sessions expands religious freedom protections - Salon

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a new legal guidance to federal agencies on Friday that governs and expands the already broad protection of religious liberties. The change could impact a series of pending employment, contracting and programming ...

Sessions gets law dead wrong on transgender protections - Gant Daily

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has struck again, as the Trump administration makes another move to withdraw hard-earned legal protections for the lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. Since January, the administration has ...

Jeff Sessions: Transgender Workers Not Protected By Civil Rights Law - Hi-tech Beacon

-Chad Griffin, Human Rights CampaignOutlined in a 25-page memo (pdf), the directive lays out the White House's "muscular view of religious freedom" first expressed in an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in May. Attorney General Sessions ...

Sessions issues religious freedom guidelines which undermine LGBTI rights - Gay Star News

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued broad guidelines on Friday that allow individuals and organizations to act in the name of religious freedom without fear of government reprisal. The guidelines are seen as potentially undermining ...

Does Title VII Prohibit Employment Discrimination Against Gay and Transgender Persons? Jeff Sessions Says No, but ... - JD Supra (press release)

On October 4th, in a memo to all U.S. Attorneys and heads and federal agencies, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as a matter of law, does not prohibit employment discrimination against transgender ...