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1 month ago @ Equality on Trial - 6/22 open thread · 0 replies · +6 points

Not only that, Ken "Potty" Paxton will instigate a case in a Trump appointed Fifth 5th District Court Judge that will get the case to SCOTUS. Wake up Texas, get that homophobe out of office and in jail for the fraud that the has committed and been indicted for.

1 month ago @ Equality on Trial - 6/22 open thread · 3 replies · +2 points

Rick, you are absolutely correct, but we all know that isn't going to happen. Accepting that given, what do you think is the best alternative action? Some are saying expand the court; however, there is not much enthusiasm for doing that. Nancy Pelosi has said she is opposed.

1 month ago @ Equality on Trial - 6/22 open thread · 0 replies · +2 points

Fantastic essay on originalism.

1 month ago @ Equality on Trial - 6/6 open thread · 0 replies · +5 points

Leading Theology Society Calls on U.S. Bishops to Reconsider Its Anti-LGBTQ+ Efforts

“As the CTSA convenes in Atlanta for its 2022 annual meeting, its members deplore the unprecedented wave of attacks on the community across the nation. Legislative restrictions or attacks are frequently combined with dehumanizing and abusive rhetoric, which have predictably led to a surge in hate crimes and murders against the transgender community and others dehumanized by these policies and rhetoric. As Catholics it is our responsibility to denounce this systematic marginalization and disenfranchisement of transgender persons and any other vulnerable communities subjected to a comprehensive assault on their basic dignity and rights of citizenship.

“We call upon the USCCB along with local and state legislators to reconsider any policy positions that may have contributed to the current explosion of anti-LGBTQIA+ hate. We implore church leaders to consider how these policies alienate LGBTQIA+ persons, their families, and young Catholics from their parishes and from the Church, frequently discrediting Christianity itself.”


1 month ago @ Equality on Trial - 6/6 open thread · 0 replies · +2 points

The full complaint can be found here:


2 months ago @ Equality on Trial - 5/4 open thread · 0 replies · +3 points

New Ways Ministry Welcomes Cardinal-elect McElroy

The following is a statement of Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director, New Ways Ministry, on the appointment of Bishop Robert McElroy to the College of Cardinals:

“As a national ministry that tries to build bridges of justice and reconciliation between LGBTQ people and the wider church, New Ways Ministry welcomes the appointment of San Diego’s Bishop Robert McElroy as a cardinal. His new position will help to re-shape the episcopacy of the Catholic Church in the U.S., which has been overwhelmingly and vehemently anti-LGBTQ. He represents the kind of prelate our church needs, one who will stretch out a hand, not a fist, to the LGBTQ community.

“With the appointment of McElroy as a cardinal, Pope Francis is making sure that his outreach to LGBTQ people will continue after his papacy ends. As an elector of future popes, McElroy can play a role in making sure that the next papacy will continue in the welcoming spirit of Pope Francis.

“I am optimistic that his appointment will have a great influence in further opening up the conversation on LGBTQ issues in the church in a positive way.

“As a bishop, Cardinal-elect McElroy has a strong record of standing up for LGBTQ people.”


2 months ago @ Equality on Trial - 5/4 open thread · 0 replies · +5 points

Thank you for helping us out with this very difficult to understand case. The state brief on this one looks and reads like it was written by a high school sophomore aspiring to be a lawyer. I have a question on the briefs. They did not use terms like plaintiff and defendant or respondent. Rather they used the term relator for both parties.

3 months ago @ Equality on Trial - 4/18 open thread · 1 reply · +4 points

Unfortunately, under the current court climate one persons "sincerely held religious beliefs" are always going to Trump (pun intended) another persons right to be free of such religious beliefs especially when those "sincerely held religious beliefs" concern the truth of the contemporary findings of the social and psychological sciences and modern medicine.

3 months ago @ Equality on Trial - DC Circuit Judge Ketan... · 1 reply · +2 points

I am an old (85yr/o) progressive Democrat who happens to be openly gay. I have grave concerns that the Daily Mail article is hyperbole. If the article is partly true, and that's a big if, it only involves a single school board and not the state of New Jersey. Secondly, several statements in the article are blatantly untrue; e.g. "The curriculum also includes instructions for teachers to tell [their 1st grade] students that their gender identity is up to them." The entire point of a diagnosis of gender dysphoria is that the individual does not have a choice. They have a sex assigned at birth that is different than the innate gender they perceive of themselves. Treatment of gender dysphoria at this age does not concentrate on body parts but on the outward appearance of clothing and hair styling. And "the plan states [for 2nd graders,] 'Your body is exactly what is right for you.'" With the onset of puberty (well after 2nd grade) in a person with gender dysphoria, their body is exactly not right for them. These lesson plans are not age appropriate.

3 months ago @ Equality on Trial - Prop 8 proponents ask ... · 0 replies · +2 points

Let's hope this case doesn't get appealed and accepted by SCOUS. I believe the present court would reverse this 10th circuit decision.