Matthew Woods is suing a Christian organization for discrimination, but the Supreme Court refused to hear the case, and Utah passed a bill banning trans athletes from competing in sports that align with their gender identity.
Supreme Court Rejects Bisexual Lawyer’s Case
Matthew Woods, a bisexual lawyer, is suing a Seattle-based Christian organization after they refused to hire him. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case but decided it won’t intervene as it goes through lower courts.
While this case was rejected, Supreme Court justices say that “the day may soon come” when they hear a case addressing similar issues, Oregon Live reports.
Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission is an organization supporting the homeless and those suffering from addiction. In 2016, they were looking to hire an attorney to help in their legal-aid clinic. Woods had volunteered there for years before he applied for the position. Woods is part of a same-sex couple and therefore was rejected from the position because their “code of conduct excludes homosexual activity.”
One judge initially rejected Wood’s case saying that the Union Gospel Mission was exempt from state anti-discrimination laws. But the Washington Supreme Court reversed the decision, allowing the case to go forward. The lawsuit will question whether or not the religious organization's legal aid clinic is exempt from Washington’s anti-discrimination laws.
Utah Passes Anti-Trans Sports Bill
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An anti-trans bill was voted on and passed through the Utah Senate and House of Representatives. But Gov. Spencer Cox vetoed the bill as he had previously promised to do.
However, the state legislature overturned Cox’s veto. It is officially passed and will be in full effect on July 1, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Cox didn’t reject the bill on principle — he still believes there should be legal protections for “the integrity of women’s sports.”
He vetoed the bill because he thought it would bring lawsuits and “likely bankrupt the Utah High School Athletic Association and result in millions of dollars in legal fees for local school districts.”
Leaders in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Iowa have all passed similar anti-trans laws.
There were only two Republicans in the Senate who voted against the veto override and one was Daniel Thatcher. He acknowledged that his vote could cost him his seat.
“How can I uphold my oath to defend the constitution by voting for a bill we know is unconstitutional?” Thatcher asked. “It’s political theater, because we won’t get any of the benefits but all of the harms.”