LGBTQ rights aren’t on Supreme Court’s docket this term, but they’re still in its crosshairs

Same-sex marriage is probably not on the court’s constitutional chopping block, but two other cases could have devastating effects on LGBTQ people.ANNA MONEYMAKER/NYT The US Supreme Court starts its term next month without any cases on its docket dealing directly with LGBTQ rights. But two potential blockbuster cases set to be decided this term could have devastating effects on LGBTQ people, weakening long-held constitutional precedents that have served to underpin their rights, and putting them in greater danger of physical harm as hate crimes in America rise. The fact that the court could strike down the constitutional protection to abortion access in Roe v. Wade has already made headlines and put reproductive rights advocates on high alert. Similarly, the possibility that the court could broaden the Second Amendment’s application to strike down laws — in Massachusetts and several other states — that place limits on carrying firearms in public has raised alarm among gun control advocates. But the impact of such rulings will be much broader. “Gun violence has been disproportionately affecting the LGBTQ community from the days when Harvey Milk was shot and killed to the Pulse massacre in Orlando just five years ago,” said Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, senior attorney for Lambda Legal. The legal advocacy group filed an amicus brief in the gun-law case, urging the court to uphold a New York law that places restrictions on carrying guns outside the home. Gonzalez-Pagan noted that three out of four transgender people who are murdered each year die by […]

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