Ruling: The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBTQ rights from a conservative court. The court decided by a 6-3 vote that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 known as Title VII that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against LGBT workers. “An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the court. See the full story from the Associated Press.
Year-round standard?: A bill signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards says the state will adopt daylight saving time as the year-round standard time, pending changes in federal law, WAFB-TV reports. The law goes into effect only if the U.S. Congress amends current federal law to allow states to decide whether to adopt daylight saving time as their year-round standard time. If that should happen while the state is in daylight saving time, the state will not return to standard time. If that happens while the state is in standard time, the law takes effect at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March. Read the full story.
Proposals wanted: The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, in partnership with the Louisiana Division for the Arts, is hosting the fourth annual Louisiana Arts Summit on Sept. 28-Oct. 2. The Arts Council is seeking a wide range of proposals from across Louisiana for the event. This year’s summit will take place in a hybrid fashion, with small, in-person gatherings for sessions at regional arts councils across the state with all content livestreamed to participants statewide. Get more information about proposals and the event.