Happy Friday! It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Some exciting updates:
- The EEOC ruled yesterday that Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation. The decision comes on the heels of recent guidance by OPM et al. to the same effect, and is binding on the federal government as an employer. We will work with JMD to ensure that the Department’s EEO policy reflects this change in the law. Buzzfeed coverage here.
- Attorney General Lynch announced last week that federal marriage benefits will be available to same-sex couples nationwide in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell recognizing full marriage equality. Previously, certain social security and veterans benefits had been limited by laws that invoke a place-of-residence eligibility determination. Press release here.
- Pride Month concluded in June with a bang. The Eastern District of Michigan hosted a brownbag featuring parents of transgender teens and a program featuring the lawyers who argued Obergefell in the Supreme Court; the Michigan marriage case, DeBoer, arose in that district; thanks to US Attorney Barbara McQuade for the tip. The Central District of California hosted a lunch and panel presentation on the transgender experience that featured speakers from the Williams Institute, Transgender Law Center, and the LA LGBT Center; thanks to AUSAs Susan DeWitt and Abby Evans for the tip.