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.
He opposes our marriage rights, but somehow we're the intolerant ones. And America's Founders were intolerant of King George.
Our friend Dana Beyer writes:
Sensing they would lose on appeal, the University settled to benefit the student, and the arc bends just a little more today.
If those pushing bathroom panic bills truly cared about solving actual problems, they would be doing something to combat anti-trans violence.
Bravo to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for their comments excoriating Ted Cruz over his hateful and utterly counterproductive demagoguery.
My Blade column this week looks at the politics swirling around the Merrick Garland nomination to #SCOTUS. I am with the president.
Superior Court judge sides with D.C. lawmakers on control of locally-raised dollars https://t.co/bvvemHLFnl— Post Local (@postlocal) March 19, 2016
Kimberly Perry at DC Vote writes:
Almost three years ago, we stood together and celebrated the passage of Referendum 8, a ballot initiative that amended the DC Home Rule Charter to give the District of Columbia local budget control. With the law on our side, we freed ourselves from congressional control over our local tax dollars.
Last night, the DC Superior Court upheld the force of the election and declared DC's local budget autonomy act the law of the land....
This victory is long overdue, and we are grateful to those who stood behind the will of the people along the way. Thank you to DC Appleseed, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Council Chair Phil Mendelson, the DC Council and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton as well as the numerous legal teams who crafted and defended this law. Our victory would not be possible without their involvement or yours.
Some members of Congress may still choose to stand in our way - refusing to surrender even a portion of the control they maintain over the District. But we are prepared to defend our laws.
The story notes that Garland did not author any of the gay-related opinions, and includes this:
Despite these rulings, LGBT advocates who saw the rulings say they don’t think they indicate an anti-LGBT bias or predict Garland would rule against LGBT people in cases before the high court.
Paul Smith, a partner at the D.C.-based law firm Jenner & Block who successfully litigated against state sodomy bans before the Supreme Court in 2003, was unconcerned about the decisions.
“I know Judge Garland well and he doesn’t have the slightest anti-gay bias,” Smith said. “He is about as fair and unbiased a person as I know. Nothing in these cases causes me concerns about his ability to rule fairly and on the law in cases involving LGBT people or claims.” - See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2016/03/18/in-past-garland-ruled-against-gay-plaintiffs-seeking-judicial-relief/#sthash.8wrb4d1c.dpuf
The article notes that gay rights groups including Lambda Legal and the Human Rights Campaign are reviewing Garland's record.
DC nightlife is being targeted as a handful of people persist in demanding that a thriving urban center be turned into a quiet suburb. Abigail Nichols and Mark Lee face off! (Though, alas, not directly.) WUSA9 reports.
The battle over religious supremacy laws continues. And that's what they are. Religious freedom does not include the right to impose your faith dictates on others in unrelated commerce.
President Obama on Wednesday nominated the widely liked and indisputably highly-qualified Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has doubled down on his refusal to allow a hearing or a vote on the nomination, citing the non-existent "Biden Rule" and using the preposterous claim that the people should have a say, as if they did not know they were voting for a four-year term when they gave Obama five million more votes than Mitt Romney in November 2012, and as if two-thirds of Americans polled are not telling the Senate to do its job and give the nomination fair consideration.
Many supporters of the President are unhappy that he did not choose someone else. Dr. E. Faye Williams, with whom I had the honor to spent election night 2008 in Mark Thompson's SiriusXM studio, issued a statement supporting the president. She says in part:
I don’t want a Black woman to be bashed and battered by a group of men who don’t even come close to having the credentials a Black woman nominee has. We already know they wouldn’t confirm her-no matter what. When a Black woman goes to the Senate for consideration, I want her to have a real and fair chance of succeeding on her merits and not denied because a group of insecure men can’t deal with the fact that a brilliant President who happens to be a Black man has made the nomination.
The president is in a high-stakes struggle with the increasingly nihilistic Republicans. His and Garland's conduct yesterday in the Rose Garden was exemplary.