1998 posts categorized "Legal"

August 05, 2015

Obama speaks on Iran nuclear deal at American University

Out of the park. Thank you, Mr. President.

Keen News Service: Initial snapshots of GOP candidates on LGBT issues

Thanks to Lisa Keen for this rundown on the Republican presidential candidates in advance of Thursday's debate on Fox News. More a joint appearance than a debate.

August 04, 2015

Sen. Warren slams attack on Planned Parenthood

Elizabeth Warren Standing Strong in Support of Planned Parenthood

Watch Senator Elizabeth Warren crush it on the Senate floor during the debate to defund Planned Parenthood: “Did you fall down, hit your head and think you woke up in the 1950s or the 1890s? Should we call for a doctor?”

Posted by AlterNet on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A bracing speech in defense of women's healthcare and reproductive freedom.

(Hat tip: Ernest Hopkins)

An Israeli court is holding a man accused of leading extremists

A commendable sentiment, but hard to enforce amid an occupation accompanied by illegal settlements that amount to a slow annexation of the occupied territory.

D.C. judge rescinds reduced sentence in anti-gay attack

August 03, 2015

He's training police officers to shoot first, and he'll answer questions later

This bogus expert gets killer cops off regardless of the facts.

Planned Parenthood defunding bill fails first test vote in Senate

The Republicans' war on women's reproductive health and freedom is not over, but their bluster and doctored videos do not give them the votes they need. I stand with my sisters.

More here.

Gambian men charged under anti-gay law acquitted

Republicans still wedded to 'dangerous lifestyle' canard

How many times are these stubborn fools going to hit the same iceberg?

July 31, 2015

Mother Loses Fight To Keep Alabama From Recognizing Late Son's Marriage

Thank goodness. This woman's behavior reflects standard operating procedure for many gay people's birth families over the years. Bereaved same-sex partners, at the worst possible time, have been excluded from funerals, seen their joint property stolen, their entire lives upended and defiled by people who refused to respect their supposed loved one's love. Some of those excluded and robbed in this way have killed themselves out of despair. Our collective fight for marriage equality, sustained over many years, is making a positive difference in countless lives, and thwarting intolerance and selfishness.

Man arrested for drinking Arizona iced tea

Man Gets Arrested For Drinking Arizona Iced Tea!

Man Gets Arrested For Drinking Arizona Iced Tea!

Posted by LATRUTH on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

This asshole cop deserves to have the living crap beaten out of him, as does every single other cop or (for that matter) private citizen who defends this harassment and thereby enables it. They need to knock this shit off, fire cops who do this, or abolish the police altogether. Cell phone cameras are revealing so much of this sociopathic behavior by law enforcement officers that we can only presume that the behavior has been going on for years, and is only now coming to light because of cameras being ubiquitous and videos being easily shared on social media. This behavior by police is intolerable. There cannot be peace without justice. Public officials need to be put on notice: show the backbone to put a stop to this or leave office.

July 29, 2015

The View from Kepler-452b

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An artist’s concept compares Earth, left, to Kepler-452b. (Image by T. Pyle; courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech)

My Blade column this week looks at the Iran nuclear agreement. Here is an excerpt:

High in the night sky over Washington, the bright stars Deneb and Vega mark a star field at the center of a probe unrelated to Benghazi or Hillary's emails or whether Iran will get the Bomb.

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered Kepler-452b, an earth-like planet 1400 light years away. At 6 billion years old, it is 1.5 billion years older than Earth. This raises the question whether any intelligent life there has avoided destroying itself. How might earthlings evolve over a similar time period?

It will be sad but unsurprising if it turns out that Kepler-452b has produced several intelligent life forms in succession, each destroying itself after developing genocidal weapons. Back here, of course, humanity's own ongoing quest of self-annihilation nearly succeeded in the last century. Our latest opportunity is the resolute effort by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American cohorts to foment war with Iran. They are attacking a multilateral accord, reached on July 14 after a two-year effort, designed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Read the whole piece here.

Police Officer Ray Tensing indicted for murder of #SamDuBose

Above is the chilling body cam video of University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing shooting Samuel DuBose in the head after stopping him for a missing front license plate. Contrary to Tensing's claim, DuBose did not threaten him in any way. Below, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters discusses the murder indictment against Tensing.

July 28, 2015

Op-ed: How LGBT Liberation Connects to the Oldest Profession

As GLAA wrote in our 2015 policy brief item on sex work, "We believe the District should pursue the more compassionate course of decriminalization and regulation."

(Hat tip: Ricci Joy Levy and Bob Summersgill)

ICYMI: Senate appropriations bill emerges without D.C. riders

DOJ slammed for ducking on trans exclusion in the law

July 24, 2015

Equality Act introduced in Congress

Our friend and champion, D.C. Delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton, is an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act. Thank you, Congresswoman.

July 23, 2015

Anonymous warns RCMP and police in United States

Anonymous issues a warning that it will "name and shame" police who murder with impunity. This is an example of the power of social media.

Unmasking the religious right war on gay America

Alvin McEwen exposes the lies behind the First Amendment Freedom Act.

Gov. Beshear to county clerks: do your job or resign

Thank you, Governor.

July 20, 2015

Feldblum explains new gay employment protections

July 17, 2015

EEOC: Anti-gay workplace bias barred under existing law

This development came as a surprise. Walter Olson at Overlawyered responds to this legal-change-by-reinterpretation.

July 15, 2015

A joyous chant in Tehran: 'Death to no one!'

Go to 1:57 in this video to see footage of last evening's celebrations in the streets of Tehran over the multilateral nuclear agreement. I posted this on Facebook after seeing it:

I just watched video of young Iranians celebrating in the streets of Tehran. It reminded me of a National Geographic cover 50 years ago featuring a Persian man. Goodness. They were chanting "Death to no one" in Farsi. Big smiles on their faces, their arms wrapped around the MSNBC reporter. Note to Lindsey Graham: damn you. Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Mr. Secretary.

July 14, 2015

GLAA at the witness table

Here I am, testifying at the July 10 hearing on the Death with Dignity Act. My hair looks less gray in my mirror in the morning.

Rev. Cedric Harmon testifies for Death with Dignity Act

Our friend Rev. Cedric A. Harmon, who was on the steering committee for D.C. Clergy United for Marriage Equality, and is co-director of Many Voices, testified on July 10 in support of the Death with Dignity Act of 2015. Thanks to him.

Maine AG: LePage botched vetos

Merkel says don't call it marriage

We have been at this as a front-burner issue for more than two decades, Chancellor. We're calling it marriage.

July 13, 2015

Same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses in Puerto Rico

Ban on #transgender military service may soon be lifted

It's about time.

Obama signs work-around to Hobby Lobby ruling

We'll see how this goes.

The president makes a dent in the disastrous war on drugs

Much more needs to be done to reverse the irrational excess of harsh drug laws, but the president's commutations today for 46 non-violent offenders are a beginning.

Santorum calls for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage

This is the disconnect of fanatics like Santorum. He cannot accept the fact that a growing majority of Americans support marriage equality. How does he expect to pass the amendment? He really doesn't understand that he lives in a republic, and that he lost the argument.

July 11, 2015

Latest on the backlash

The flap on sanctuary cities

A related controversy here.

Maine Attorney General says 19 bills held up by Gov. LePage are now law

To quote another governor, "Oops."

Virgin Islands governor signs marriage executive order

July 10, 2015

Rubio gets a toehold on reality

Not that it matters, since any such amendment is even deader than it was before, but good for Sen. Rubio for facing reality. Now if only he would face reality on Cuba.

GLAA testifies for Death with Dignity Act

Today at a hearing of the D.C. Council Committee on Health and Human Services, I will testify for GLAA in support of Councilmember Mary Cheh's Death with Dignity Act. I will be accompanied by former GLAA president Craig Howell, who drafted our testimony. Here's a passage from the ending:

The Humanist magazine reported last December that Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu publicly "declared himself in favor of assisted dying should he ever find himself terminally ill or in a situation of unbearable suffering." Stephen Hawking, probably the most famous differently-abled person in the world, has said he too might one day want to exercise his right to die: "To keep someone alive against their wishes is the ultimate indignity."

The openly gay retired Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, writes, "There is nothing innately good about allowing 'nature' to take its course in a prolonged and painful journey to an inevitable death. It doesn't make you a better person because you endured the indignity and trauma of it."

Contrary to Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, this legislation is not based on a "eugenic philosophy" but on compassion and respect. We urge its passage.

The bill is based on a 1997 Oregon statute, and includes appropriate safeguards to prevent coercion or other abuses. The experience in Oregon and other right-to-die states should allay concerns in this regard. Read GLAA's testimony here.

D.C. cracks down on synthetic drugs

Well this is disturbing. NBC4 reports:

In one week in D.C., police say, a woman abandoned a baby in a stroller alongside a busy D.C. street -- and a young man who had been in college just a year ago stabbed a passenger on a Metro train 30 to 40 times.

The two crimes were tied together by the drug police believe the suspects may have been using: synthetic marijuana....

Mayor Muriel Bowser will sign into law the "Sale of Synthetic Drugs Emergency Amendment Act of 2015" Friday at noon.

July 09, 2015

Puerto Rico’s ban on gay marriage officially nullified by appellate court