No criminal sentence ever includes being raped in prison. That is not supposed to be part of the punishment. That it is allowed to happen is unspeakable and must be changed.
Tennessee governor vetoes bill making Bible the official state book https://t.co/aBRKYQc0Kw— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 15, 2016
Aside from the First Amendment principle of church-state separation, it escapes me why some people think it serves their faith to get the government involved. But it's not really about faith. It's about dominance and control, for which religion is a marker.
Our friend Peter Tatchell writes from London:
Pope Francis has failed LGBT people
Gentler words do not assuage Vatican opposition to gay equality
"The Pope promised reform but has reconfirmed traditional Catholic doctrine on same-sex relationships. He has ignored submissions and appeals by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics. Gentler words do not assuage Vatican opposition to gay equality. Joy of Love offers a change of tone, not of substance,” said LGBT and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
Our old friend Bob Roehr reports in Scientific American on a new study published in Science which shows that door-to-door canvassing conversations can change voters' minds.
This bill prohibits DC govt travel to states with laws in effect that affirmatively sanction or require discrimination against LGBT people— David Grosso (@cmdgrosso) April 5, 2016
Thanks to D.C. Council member David Grosso and his co-introducers. Thanks also to Mayor Bowser for her executive action. This is just the latest reminder of how LGBT-affirming a jurisdiction the District is.
Andrea Mitchell sums it up well.