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5 days ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread UPDATED 6/15 · 0 replies · -4 points

It is indeed far off topic as far as some us are are concerned. Abortion is not acceptable for the accidental results of recreational sex. That is what it is used for on the most part. There are of course exception for other reasons. I support all LGBT civil rights; however I do not support freedom of choice. IMHO, this is why blogs such as these should not wonder out from the pertinent topic.

2 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread w/ UPDATE · 0 replies · +2 points

Thank you Ian for that link. That was very informative, but no real surprises.

3 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread UPDATE 5/2... · 0 replies · +2 points

Thank you for this insightful post. As an Anglo transplanted to San Francisco in 1978 and to the central San Joaquin Valley in 1983, I have encountered the same sense of the Hispanic community as you have.

3 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread UPDATE 5/2... · 0 replies · +3 points

"Trump lives in his own world. We aren't welcome there."

Nor would I ever want to be caught in that world.

4 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread 5/14 · 1 reply · +1 points

Trump Plan Would Cut Back Health Care Protections for Transgender People

Per New Ways Ministry:

"U.S. President Donald Trump is considering rolling back an Obama-era directive that prevented doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people, reported The New York Times. The Department of Health and Human Services is drafting a proposal for White House approval. In a suit against the directive brought by a coalition of groups, including a network of Catholic hospitals, a Texas federal district court judge temporarily stopped enforcement of the protections for transgender patients, saying that Congress had outlawed discrimination based on sex — ‘the biological differences between males and females’ — but not transgender status.” The judge also said that the Obama-era rule probably violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because it does not offer exemptions for faith-based groups."

Does anyone have more information on this Texas Case? Name, complaint, briefs???

4 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread 5/14 · 0 replies · +6 points

The projection at the time of the oral arguments was that the opinion would come in late June.

5 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - News round up and open... · 0 replies · +5 points

I recently went to a Halloween party wearing much thicker kneepads.

5 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - News round up and open... · 0 replies · +6 points

More on Kansas & Oklahoma Bills Allowing Adoption Discrimination

By Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry 10-May-2018

“While Catholic bishops argue for the freedom to be able to discriminate against lesbian and gay couples, and while politicians worry about economic risks, the sad thing that gets lost in the discussion are two very important Catholic social justice principles: the protection of vulnerable populations, in this case children; and the preservation of the dignity of lesbian and gay people. Bills such as the ones passed will have the detrimental effect of reducing the number of eligible adoptive couples, meaning children would suffer. Similarly, it also means that religious agencies and the state governments are comfortable sending the message that a class of people are second-class citizens. From a faith and justice perspective, both situations are unacceptable.”

7 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - News round up and open... · 1 reply · +4 points

Some legal thoughts on the Anglophone Caribbean countries and the British Anti-sodomy laws. I ran across this essay by Maurice Tomlinson. Maurice acts as counsel and/or claimant in cases challenging anti-gay laws before the most senior tribunals in the Caribbean.

Please read and comment.

8 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread and news r... · 0 replies · +5 points

I live in CA, I just sent an email to my state senator asking him to vote for AB 2943. If you live in California, I ask you to do the same.

Here is the CA website to locate your state senator and go to their official website. http://www.ca.gov/Agencies/Secretary-of-State/Age....