The Nebraska Supreme Court agreed to hear constitutional arguments against no-fault divorce laws later this year. Michael Dycus, a Catholic, contests his wife’s 2018 divorce filing that led to eviction from his home. His attorney, Robert Sullivan, argued the divorce violated Dycus’ constitutional rights of due process and equal protection. The hearing is scheduled for Sept. 3. If Nebraska rules in his favor, it could lead to other challenges. All 50 states allow no-fault divorce, but Nebraska is one of 17 “true” no-fault states where filing with fault is not possible. —J.A.S.
The day before the anniversary of President Richard Nixon signing Title IX into law in 1972, California blocked its college teams and state workers from traveling to Idaho over a dispute about gender. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, accused Idaho of discrimination for passing two laws, one to prevent gender changes to birth certificates and another to protect female athletes from having to compete against males.
A 2016 law allows California to disallow government-funded trips to states it deems discriminatory against LGBT people. Echoing complaints from LGBT activists, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the NCAA, Becerra called both Idaho laws “plain and simple discrimination” against transgender individuals.
Proponents of Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act argue it protects the spirit of Title IX, the U.S. law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in any federally funded education program.
“Girls deserve fair play and equal opportunities in sports today just as much as they did in 1972 when Title IX was implemented,” said Blaine Conzatti of the Family Policy Alliance of Idaho.
Former and current athletes also defended sex-based protections for women’s sports.
“Without them, women like me would never be able to afford our college educations as men would have swept up the scholarships we received,” Kaeley Triller Haver, a former Northwest University basketball player, wrote for The Federalist. “And that’s exactly what’s starting to happen.” —Julia A. Seymour