A judge in Oregon ruled against LGBT university students, and a DMV in North Carolina is now allowing LGBT phrases on vanity plates.

Judge Dismisses LGBT Case That Would Show Discrimination for Religious Private Universities

Judge Ann Aiken of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, Eugene Division, has ruled against LGBT students who alleged that the Department of Education does not protect them under Title IX.

In her decision, she wrote, that the students “sufficiently alleged” that the exemptions permit “religiously affiliated schools to use religious exemptions to deny federally-funded educational services to current and prospective students," according to NBC News.

The Religious Exemptions Accountability Project, which is representing the student group, said that they are considering appealing.

“Obviously the fight doesn’t stop here,” Veronica Bonifacio Penales, a senior at Baylor University who was part of the lawsuit, said. “We’re not even going to let this deter us. If anything this is going to push us to work a little bit harder.” 




DMV to Allow LGBT Phrases on Vanity Plates


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After two decades, DMV Commissioner of North Carolina, Wayne Goodwin, will be reviewing over 9,000 items that are currently banned from being on vanity plates, according to Fox News.

A vanity plate is a license plate that is personalized with letters or numbers.

"Anything on the do-not-issue list should not include the LGBT community," Goodwin said to WFDD-FM. "I don’t know how long the terms that relate to the LGBT community were on that list. But with my administration they are coming off."

More than 200 phrases have been removed from the list like "GAYPRIDE," "LESBIAN" and "QUEER".

Goodwin has also recalled some plates that have antisemitic undertones. 

"Folks are crafty and conniving with the combination of letters," Goodwin said.