2371 posts categorized "Legal"

September 23, 2016

Obama vetoes bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia

The world can be cruel, and the presidency carries many thankless tasks. President Obama performed one of them today. It is not popular to consider our strategic interests in such an instance, but the man responsible for sending our children off to war, including the special ops forces he sent to raid bin Laden's compound in 2011, must consider them. Before condemning him, let us imagine the weight of it that he must bear and we do not. Remember Churchill, who could not warn the people of Coventry of the Nazi bombing raid that he knew was coming because it would have tipped off the Germans that Britain had broken the Enigma code. Giving away that secret would almost certainly have led to many more deaths. Even when they do not have my agreement or understanding, those who take on that burden have my respect. And on November 8, we must not confer its terrible responsibility on an ignorant and reckless man.

White Tulsa officer charged with manslaughter in death of unarmed black man

Eugene Robinson: In America, gun rights are for whites only

Eugene Robinson is right. This is intolerable and insane.

American Skin

No other songwriter has equaled the power of Bruce Springsteen's searing ballad of a black mother giving her son The Talk. As timely as when it was written after the police killing of Amadou Diallo, it ends on the plaintive notes of a saxophone played by Bruce's dear friend, the late, great Clarence Clemons. Sadly, those who most needed to receive its message reflexively hardened themselves against it. I ask forgiveness for the hatred their cold and heartless reaction stirs in me still. #BlackLivesMatter

September 21, 2016

HUD makes rule final barring anti-trans bias in homeless shelters

Judge rules for Wisconsin trans student in battle over bathroom access

Trump Jr. stole photo of Skittles to denigrate refugees – from a refugee

Obama at UN Refugee Summit

September 19, 2016

McCrory staged fake Q&A to avoid questions on HB2

September 16, 2016

Steph Curry Says North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law Needs to be Changed

Thanks, Steph.

Robert White takes his seat as D.C. Councilmember At-Large

Congrats to freshly minted D.C. Councilmember Robert White (D-At-Large), who was sworn in today after being chosen by the D.C. Democratic State Committee to fill the unexpired term of recently resigned Councilmember Vincent Orange. In the picture below, CM White is joined by infant daughter Madison. Robert earned the highest GLAA rating in the At-Large primary race, which he won in June. He stands for a full term on November 8.

September 15, 2016

Ivanka Trump Suggests Gay Male Couples Are Out of Luck in Donald Trump's Family Leave Plan

Trans activist’s murder trial postponed

DHS: Stop using private prison companies

September 12, 2016

UK tells gay Ugandan asylum seeker he can Skype his boyfriend after he is deported

The heartless and inhumane policy of the British Home Office toward LGBT asylum seekers continues unabated. If you pray, pray for this man's safety. We've much more work to do on the international front, even with purported allies.

September 07, 2016

Nigerian president reinstates anti-LGBT crackdown

More on Kenda Kirby lawsuit at Supreme Court

Our friend Kenda Kirby continues her struggle for justice.

September 01, 2016

SCOTUS overturns NC's gutting of voting rights

August 31, 2016

President Obama grants an additional 111 commutations

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Obama to Congress: take action against the Zika virus

Congressional Republicans are holding funding to fight the Zika virus hostage to their other pet priorities, like gutting the Affordable Care Act and fighting Planned Parenthood. The moral treason of these cynical people becomes ever more evident.

August 30, 2016

School Board Asks Supreme Court to Allow It to Continue Discriminating Against Trans Boy

August 26, 2016

US-backed group in Indonesia supports anti-LGBT crackdown

Oops.

August 25, 2016

Man who burned gay couple with boiling water gets 40 years in prison

Justice is dealt in a horrific anti-gay attack.

The man behind Belize’s gay rights ruling

August 23, 2016

Texas AG Ken Paxton Finally Agrees to Meet One of His Young Transgender Victims

New lawsuit seeks to overturn pro-trans rule in Obamacre

August 18, 2016

Congresswoman Norton battles interference in D.C. gun law

Thank you, Congresswoman. You are right.

18 Absurdly False Claims North Carolina Just Made to Defend #HB2

DOJ will end use of private prisons

Glad to hear this. Privatizing prisons creates incentives inimical to justice.

August 17, 2016

DOJ criticizes Baltimore police treatment of trans people

Belize sodomy ruling could have sweeping impact in Caribbean

August 12, 2016

Federal Appeals Court Denies Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant Request to Enforce Sweeping Anti-Gay Law

Mike Pence's Anti-Women, Anti-Gay, & Anti-Science Record

August 09, 2016

Trump suggests "2nd Amendment" solution to Hillary picking judges

Please explain to to me what this means other than encouragement of an assassination. He has sunk to a level we have never seen before in a major-party candidate.

August 05, 2016

North Carolina: Appeals Court Refuses Stay On Ruling That Struck Down Racist Voter ID Law

August 04, 2016

Gaps in Melania Trump's immigration story raise questions

As Sue O'Connell, my editor at Bay Windows, says, "Oops."

July 31, 2016

Answering Trump Supporters

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Wayne Grudem, a Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona, writes at the conservative website Townhall.com about why he supports Donald Trump. His article, "Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice," acknowledges several of Trump's character and behavioral flaws and then says it doesn't matter if the alternative is worse. He goes into a long list of issues on which he claims that Trump is better than Hillary Clinton.

I could not disagree more with Professor Grudem, so here I will respond to several of them. Given the enormous gulf between the candidates with regard to experience and qualifications, this election should not be close. The fact that the race is close should be a stark reminder not to treat the frightening prospect of a Trump presidency as something to dismiss lightly. Perhaps you may find some of my arguments useful in making the case to friends and family members who are sticking with Trump despite his almost daily barrage of appalling statements. Here goes, for what it's worth.

Abortion. I am sick of the religious bullying on this issue. The utter contempt for people making different choices in this area is very disturbing. I am personally troubled by abortion, and think that the ideal situation is for unwanted pregnancies to be prevented through contraception. But the question of whether to continue or end a pregnancy is not my decision. It is up to the woman. You can say a thousand times that this makes me pro-abortion, but that is not true. Respecting people's right to make a different choice than mine does not mean I agree with that choice. The point is that IT IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS.

As for contraception, the Catholic Church, in which I was raised, is stoutly opposed to it. A leading anti-choicer, former senator Rick Santorum, has made it clear that he does not just want to overturn Roe v. Wade, but also Griswold v. Connecticut, which legalized contraception for married couples, and Eisenstadt v. Baird, which did the same for single women. I find it stunning that people in this day and age are willing, much less determined, to mind their neighbors' business in such an intrusive way. The constitutional separation of church and state protects everyone by prohibiting us from imposing our religious dictates on one another.

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July 29, 2016

Federal Appeals Court Overturns NC Voter ID Law

Big news. At this point, the Republicans seem to realize that they can only win elections if they steal them.

Khizr Khan at DNC 2016 slams Trump's Islamophobia

A powerful rebuke of Donald Trump's Islamophobia by the father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who died in service to this country.

July 28, 2016

Chelsea Clinton: 'Ex-gay' therapy worst part of GOP convention