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Case Name Santa Cruz Lesbian and Gay Community Center v. Trump FA-CA-0016
Docket / Court 5:20-cv-07741-BLF ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Attorney Organization Lambda Legal
Case Summary
This case is a challenge to an Executive Order prohibiting government agencies and organizations that receive government funding from discussing unconscious racial or sexual bias during employee trainings. On November 2, 2020, eight plaintiffs—six nonprofits, a sole proprietorship, and an ... read more >
This case is a challenge to an Executive Order prohibiting government agencies and organizations that receive government funding from discussing unconscious racial or sexual bias during employee trainings. On November 2, 2020, eight plaintiffs—six nonprofits, a sole proprietorship, and an individual—involved in LGBTQ+ advocacy and health care, racial justice, and HIV treatment sued President Donald Trump and various officials in his administration, as well as their respective departments, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Represented by a mix of private counsel and lawyers from LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations, the plaintiffs sued for violations of their First Amendment and Fifth Amendment due process rights. The lawsuit sought a court order blocking implementation of the Executive Order nationwide. The case was assigned to Judge Beth Labson Freeman.

On November 16, 2020, the plaintiffs filed a motion for preliminary injunction, asking the court to prohibit enforcement of the Executive Order nationwide pending the completion of the legal proceedings. On December 22, 2020, the court granted this motion in part, prohibiting its enforcement against government contractors, subcontractors, or grant recipients. 508 F. Supp. 3d 521. However, the court declined to block enforcement of the Executive Order within U.S. government agencies and the military.

Following the presidential transfer of power, the plaintiffs and defendants jointly asked the court on January 29, 2021, for a 60-day pause in the proceedings to allow the new Biden administration to review existing Executive Orders and decide whether to leave them in place. This pause was extended again on March 12, 2021.

After the Biden administration rescinded the Executive Order, the parties jointly asked the court on May 19, 2021, to dismiss the case with prejudice. The case is now closed.

Ben Marvin-Vanderryn - 10/10/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Freedom of speech/association
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Funding
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Plaintiff Type
Closely-held (for profit) corporation
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Ex parte Young (federal or state officials)
Ex Parte Young (Federal) or Bivens
Defendant(s) National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Office of Management and Budget
United States
Plaintiff Description Six nonprofits, one sole proprietor consulting company, and an individual involved in LGBTQ+ advocacy and health care, racial justice, and HIV treatment
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Lambda Legal
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Executive Order withdrawn, joint stipulation of dismissal with prejudice
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Filed 11/02/2020
Case Closing Year 2021
Case Ongoing No
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Court Docket(s)
N.D. Cal.
05/19/2021
5:20-cv-07741-BLF
FA-CA-0016-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
N.D. Cal.
11/02/2020
Complaint [ECF# 1]
FA-CA-0016-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Cal.
12/22/2020
Order Granting in Part Plaintiffs' Motion for Nationwide Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 80] (508 F.Supp.3d 521)
FA-CA-0016-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Cal.
12/22/2020
Order Granting in Part Motion for Nationwide Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 81]
FA-CA-0016-0003.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Cal.
05/19/2021
Stipulation of Dismissal With Prejudice [ECF# 91]
FA-CA-0016-0004.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Bokat-Lindell, Noah (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Deutsch, Elizabeth (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Gong, LiJia (California) show/hide docs
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Hauck, Brian (California) show/hide docs
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Persyn, Mary Kelly (California) show/hide docs
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