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Alabama state seal– The Oklahoma Supreme Court has written a decision recognizing the parental rights of unmarried same-sex couples.

– In Paul Hard’s Alabama marriage case, the district court has refused to keep the money from the wrongful death lawsuit that’s due to be distributed to Hard.

– A Congressional forum recently convened to discuss anti-transgender violence.

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  • 1. DeadHead  |  November 18, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Indiana, HERE WE GO AGAIN folks… “The bill, which will be known as Senate Bill 100, does add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the state’s nondiscrimination laws as it claims to. However, it expends far more words to limit the extent of those protections, making them all but worthless to most plaintiffs.”

  • 2. DeadHead  |  November 18, 2015 at 9:10 am

    And it includes this: "In a novel addition to the other tricks that help enable anti-LGBT discrimination, two different provisions in the bill actually attempts to scare and disincentivize individuals out of filing complaints. If a complaint is found to be “frivolous” or “intended to harm the subject of the complaint” — terms that are not defined elsewhere — the complainant could be subjected to a $1,000 penalty. Given discrimination cases are often hard to prove to begin with, judges who are so-inclined could start meting out this punishment for cases that fail because of the other religious exemptions or simply because they are not convinced by the merits of the case."

  • 3. Christian0811  |  November 18, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Theoretically, if protections are afforded in a discriminatory manner couldn't that be grounds to strike down the discriminatory provisions in court? If so, pass the bill and sue.

  • 4. Mike_Baltimore  |  November 18, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Support for GLBT rights in Indiana is surprisingly strong among the population. However, the legislature is GOTP-controlled, and the governor is VERY conservative GOTP, so I'm not sure which way the state will go on GLBT rights.

    The 'weakest' I've seen for GLBT rights is 51% against them, 49% for them (can't remember where I saw that one), but most polls show the 'for GLBT rights' to be in the mid-50s or above:

    Even the Indiana Chamber of Commerce is calling on Indiana lawmakers to extend statewide gay rights protections:

    And then there is an Indianapolis Star article titled:
    'Can Indiana compromise on LGBT rights, religious liberty?' The article does't really show where the newspaper stands, but compares suggestions for an Indiana law with the Utah law, and shows the strengths and weaknesses of each. The rather lengthy IndyStar article is at:

  • 5. ebohlman  |  November 19, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Even the Indiana Chamber of Commerce is calling on Indiana lawmakers to extend statewide gay rights protections:

    Not "even": it's largely the corporate world that's leading the effort. Big Business mostly benefits from LGBT equality, since it improves their ability to recruit employees to specific locations. Conventional notions of Left vs. Right often fall apart in situations like this.

  • 6. Mike_Baltimore  |  November 19, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    How long have you lived IN or close to the state of Indiana? Your last sentence says it all – 'often' is NOT the same as 'always', whether you think so or not.

    You know the Indiana CofC supports the individual members of the state legislature financially? Where do you think individual members get a lot of their campaign cash?

    What you say may apply in California, New York state, Massachusetts, etc., but it is NOT the rule in Indiana politics.

    Even though I have not lived in Indiana for more than 40 years, I have literally dozens of relatives who currently live in that state, and they give me lots of information about the politics of the state.

  • 7. scream4ever  |  November 18, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Looks like we'll be seeing some good news out of Colombia as soon as tomorrow:

  • 8. VIRick  |  November 18, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Arkansas Judge Allegedly Exchanged Sex, Spankings with Men in Exchange for Lighter Sentences

    Joseph Boeckmann, an Arkansas judge, has been accused of engaging in sex with young white male offenders in exchange for drastically-reduced sentences. The district judge in Cross County now faces an ethics complaint, which claims he gave preferential treatment to a number of defendants who completed “work” at his residence — which almost always involved performing sexual favors. According to the ethics complaint, Boeckman made offenders perform “substituionary sentences,” asking them to “contact him to present their ‘trash pick up’ requirements at either his office or his home.”

    “My staff has gone through thousands of pages of documents, court records, checks,” said Davis Sachar, executive director of the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. “That will be part of the case.” He mentioned “there are still some determinations to be made.”

    Boeckmann also allegedly had child pornography on his computer. He apparently paid one defendant to let him take nude photographs of him over a five-year period. Allegedly, he also had sexual relations with a young defendant who shacked up at Boeckmann’s home. The judge allegedly showered the man with gifts — he bought him cars, the complaint suggests, and even a boat — and he would regularly pay his families’ rent and utility bills. He’d spank the defendant regularly for sexual pleasure, or “as for punishment to A.A. for his criminal conduct,” the complaint reads. “A.A. received money for this conduct if the spankings were sought for Boeckmann’s pleasure.” reports that Boeckmann can’t be removed from office, despite the severity of the accusations. The judge has yet to comment on any of the allegations, and has 30 days to respond to the complaint.

    That complaint is published in its entirety here:

  • 9. VIRick  |  November 18, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Delegate Proposes Bill to Remove Same-Sex Marriage Ban from Virginia State Code

    While same-sex marriage may be legal in Virginia thanks to the Supreme Court, the state’s law book still says otherwise. But not if Delegate Marcus Simon (VA-53) has anything to say about it. He’s proposed a bill, HB05, which aims to remove the language banning same-sex marriage and unions from the state’s code of laws.

    “The Supreme Court has told the General Assembly that we may no longer deny all Virginians the right to marry the one they love,” said Simon in a press release sent out today, 18 November 2015. “It’s now time to remove that offensive statute from the code books here in the Commonwealth.”

    Simon’s bill points to two specific lines in the books – 20-45.2 and 20-45.3.

    20-45.2. addresses Virginia’s original ban on same-sex marriage, written in 1975 following the first same-sex marriage case to make headlines, "Baker v. Nelson." Virginia was one of five states to codify same-sex marriage bans following the now-debunked Minnesota case where two men wanted to marry, but were denied, and called “faggots” by the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS).

    20-45.3. deals with the Commonwealth being able to void any same-sex unions which couples might have entered into in other states, rendering those unions moot as long as the couple resides in the state.

    Virginia’s history of keeping out-of-date laws on the books doesn’t end at same-sex marriage bans. It took 11 years for the state to remove the language banning sodomy, which was overturned in the famous 2003 "Lawrence v. Texas" case.

    See link for full current language of Virginia State Code:

  • 10. allan120102  |  November 18, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    From various spanish sites I have been reading the Colombian marriage equality ruling should be 5-3 or 6-3 that is because there was a new appoint judge and its not sure if he would vote. Anyways most say the ruling is suppose to be handed tomorrow. I hope its true and how it will affects its neighbors Ecuador, Venezuela and Panama.

  • 11. Randolph_Finder  |  November 19, 2015 at 7:58 am

    I've seen articles indicate 6 votes in favor, *not* counting the judge appointed in early November, so 6-2 also seems possible.

    I'm hoping for its neighbor Peru as well…

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