LGBT advocates and conservatives have continued to battle, even though the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015. Gay and lesbian couples have wed in growing numbers throughout the country, but social conservatives pushed hard for exemptions from civil rights laws for individuals or companies refusing, on religious grounds, to provide services for same-sex ceremonies. Meanwhile, transgender advocates won rulings from federal courts supporting transgender pupils’ right to use school bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity. LGBT advocates also won federal court rulings extending anti-discrimination laws to the workplace and to housing, but those cases are still months or more from reaching the Supreme Court. Despite the progress in court, LGBT advocates have expressed disappointment with the Trump administration’s initial personnel and policy moves regarding LGBT rights.

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