At 51:00 in this interview, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses how "the climate of the era" affects Supreme Court rulings, and cites gay rights as one example. Any day now we can stop looking for hints and read the court's decision for ourselves.
ACLU may challenge newly-signed law on adoption by gays http://t.co/L1Nm0Rox4U— Detroit Free Press (@freep) June 11, 2015
AFER's Matt Baume gives an update:
A bill to allow North Carolina officials to refuse to serve any couple they don't like is several steps closer to passing, even after the governor vetoed it. Texas is coming up with new excuses for refusing to issue marriage licenses. And with a federal ruling on marriage due any day now, Judge Roy Moore continues to speak out against the Supreme Court.
Senate Rejects Same-Sex Benefits For Veterans In Non-Marriage Equality States: Via the Washington Blade: An am... http://t.co/pXASLHSYwQ— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) June 5, 2015
As the SCOTUS ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges approaches, Republicans are stuck in their denial. Take out a blank sheet of paper, and there you will see a complete list of everyone who is helped by this bullheaded meanness.
My latest Blade column looks at auspicious signs of #LGBT progress, including today's youth who are unfazed by apocalyptic prophecies by Republican politicians.
The national movement to protect youth from the discredited and dangerous practice of “conversion therapy” has another victory. On Thursday evening there was a celebration of D.C.’s new law prohibiting conversion therapy for minors. Four survivors of the practice told us their stories, which were troubling but also inspiring. There is growing energy in this movement.
Pam Geller decries the DC Metro's decision to suspend all issue-oriented ads on Metro trains and buses. She says, "It's sharia law!" Actually, no. Metro isn't obligated to take ads; it just cannot pick and choose among them based on their message. Past cases suggest that if they run any such ads, they have to run her incendiary Islamophobic ones. I think it is better for other groups to place competing ads than for Metro to suspend all such ads.
I wrote about censorship and Metro in the Blade in 2003.
L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers http://t.co/oLV7Z9dJXh— LA Times CA Politics (@LATpoliticsCA) May 27, 2015
As a longtime union member (AFGE Local 12, U.S. Department of Labor) until my retirement in 2011, I will not curse the above-referenced hypocrites. Instead, I simply say to them: you embarrass me.
Breaking. DC Atty Gen Racine files motion to stay Judge Scullin’s ruling easing city's concealed-carry gun law.— Tom Sherwood (@tomsherwood) May 26, 2015
D.C. has asked a judge to stay the ruling that tossed out a key provision of the city's concealed carry law: http://t.co/dnPCQTVRAi— Martin Austermuhle (@maustermuhle) May 27, 2015
Thanks, General Racine!
Matt Baume of AFER has the latest on the struggle for marriage equality.
Hopefully now everyone really gets how out of touch the homophobes who run NYC's St Patrick's Day Parade are with Ireland— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) May 23, 2015
Joe Sudbay is right. It is time for the aggressive homophobia of so many American Hibernian organizations to be challenged more and more to end their anti-gay bigotry. Their attitude was just overwhelmingly rebuked back in their motherland.
Saturday's acquittal of a Cleveland police officer who jumped onto the hood of a car and fired 49 shots through the windshield at an unarmed couple demonstrated the near-impossibility of getting justice against out-of-control police even after the most outrageously excessive use of deadly force.
Below are some illustrative tweets from yesterday regarding the bench-trial verdict and the protests that followed. I note that nonviolent protests were met with phalanxes of riot-geared officers who seemed determined to thwart constitutional speech and provoke unrest in order to justify their habitual brutality. Meanwhile, officials called for citizens not to be violent, when the clear problem was police violence. Wake up, America.
Judge finds Brelo’s use of force to be constitutional. All of it. He’s been fully exonerated. Good Lord. #BreloVerdict— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 23, 2015
You can officially jump onto the hood of a car and riddle two suspects with bullets, as long as your fellow cops are also shooting them.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 23, 2015
This started because a Cleveland officer believed a car backfire was a gunshot.— Syan Rhodes (@SyanRhodes) May 23, 2015
To clarify, there is no rioting, gunfire, looting, etc. heavily equipped officers methodically arrested protesters while locals watched.— Sam Allard (@SceneSallard) May 24, 2015
I'm standing at the spot where #TamirRice was killed and the video doesn't convey just how suburban and chill this neighborhood is. At all.— deray mckesson (@deray) May 23, 2015
At such a joyous moment, the proper mode of celebration for a true son of Ireland (and on my mother's side I am a Gildea and a Fitzgerald) is to play a beloved old air and have a good cry. Here, then, is "In Derry Vale," sung by the lustrous Maureen Hegarty.
Oh, Derry Vale, my thoughts are ever turning
to your broad stream and fairy-circled lea.
For your green isles my exiled heart is yearning,
so far away across the sea.
The National Review slams Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for officiating at the May 17th Dupont Circle wedding of Michael Kahn and Charles Mitchem, despite the fact that civil marriage equality has been the law in D.C. for more than five years, a fact unaffected by the SCOTUS marriage ruling expected by the end of June. Their denunciation of RBG is based on the fact that she is not shy about displaying her views on the subject of marriage equality.
Where is their outrage at the openly and repeatedly demonstrated contempt for the rights of gay people on the part of Ginsburg's colleague Antonin Scalia? They are silent on that. As the saying goes, they can take several seats.