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BREAKING: Louisiana’s pro-LGBT executive order protecting workers has been struck down


Louisiana state sealThe Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reports:

Today, HRC and Forum for Equality issued the following statements in response to a ruling by Judge Todd Hernandez of the 19th Judicial District Court striking down Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ executive order protecting LGBTQ state workers and contractors from discrimination.

“This is a setback with serious consequences for LGBTQ state employees and contractors throughout Louisiana,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “No one should face unfair and unjust discrimination simply because of who they are or whom they love. Upon appeal, we are hopeful that justice will ultimately prevail and these important non-discrimination protections will be restored.”

We will post more information as soon as we get it.

UPDATE: More, including the decision, can be found here.


  • 1. guitaristbl  |  December 14, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    This ia extremely sad and sets an awful precedent for other states with deep red legislatures but democratic governors like NC from January. I expect the governor to appeal but I dont think there is any hope in Louisiana's court system especially at their supreme court.

  • 2. allan120102  |  December 14, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I remember that I mention that I was really pessimistic in this case knowing how red and conservative the courts in Louisiana are. Yeah I dont have hope for their supreme court as even those appoint from democrats are against us. This is the second ruling against us since Trump win the first being from the Arkansas supreme court. I believe now with a conservative government conservative courts will issue rulings against us more freely.

  • 3. VIRick  |  December 14, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Pittsburgh: First Pennsylvania City to Ban Conversion Therapy

    In a unanimous vote on 13 December 2016, Pittsburgh City Council has banned conversion therapy for anyone under the age of 18. The move makes the city the first in the state of Pennsylvania to do so and officials say they hope more will follow suit.

    Conversion therapy, also sometimes called reparative therapy, is the practice of trying to turn LGB kids straight, or transgender and gender nonconforming children cisgender. The American Psychiatric Association, among other professional organizations and government organizations, including the United States, oppose the practice.

    Mayor Bill Peduto said he will sign the legislation. “We join a growing list of cities that have taken these kinds of steps. I suspect more will follow,” said Bruce Kraus, the council president, who introduced the proposal last month with Councilman Dan Gilman.

    Under the ban, offenders can be fined up to $300 for each offense and can be sentenced up to 30 days in prison for failure to pay the fine.

    The states where conversion therapy is banned in the USA are California, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.

  • 4. VIRick  |  December 14, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Virginia: Loudoun County Schools Consider LGBT Non-Discrimination Policy

    On 13 December 2016, the Loudoun County School Board held a public hearing on whether to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the district’s nondiscrimination policy. The "Loudoun Times-Mirror" reported that the mother of a transgender teenager who attempted to take his own life was among those who spoke in favor of the proposed policy.

    However, the board tabled the proposal, rather than take an immediate vote. The "Loudoun Times-Mirror" reported it will likely vote on it at their next meeting on 10 January, but a specific date has not been scheduled.

    In Virginia, the Fairfax, Arlington, and Albemarle County School Districts have added sexual orientation and gender identity to their nondiscrimination policies. The independent cities of Alexandria, Charlottesville, Richmond, and Virginia Beach have also adopted measures that protect LGBT public school students. In September, the Prince William County School Board held a public hearing on whether to add sexual orientation and gender identity to its district’s nondiscrimination policy, but to date, has not enacted any new policy.

    Note: Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, and Loudoun Counties, plus the independent city of Alexandria, comprise the Metro DC area lying on the Virginia side of the Potomac.

  • 5. scream4ever  |  December 14, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    With the Louisiana executive order, all I've been hearing about it is how it relates to state contracts, and nothing about the explicit employment protections for state employees. I believe that portion still stands. Governors have been issuing executive orders for years. Later governors/administrations can rescind them. Nothing at all unconstitutional about it.

  • 6. guitaristbl  |  December 15, 2016 at 3:47 am

    These are Louisiana courts though…I wonder if this can go to SCOTUS..I guess only if the Louisiana Supreme Court makes a ruling based on federal law.

  • 7. 1grod  |  December 14, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Appeal brief made on behalf of former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was filed the night of December 13, Dec 14 2016 was the deadline for an appeal to be filed. Moore requested oral arguments before the Special Appeals Court of seven retired judges.

  • 8. VIRick  |  December 14, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Alabama: Roy Moore Appeals His Suspension reports:

    Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has appealed his suspension from office to a special Supreme Court appointed to hear that appeal. Liberty Counsel filed an appeal brief on Moore’s behalf on Tuesday night, 13 December 2016. Today, 14 December 2016, was the deadline to file it. In September, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary suspended Moore without pay for the remainder of his term, finding that he violated judicial ethics.

    The main issue was an administrative order Moore wrote to probate judges in January 2016 telling them they still had a duty to enforce Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriages. The administrative order came about six months after the US Supreme Court had legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in June 2015.

    Moore has said his order was to advise judges on the status of an Alabama Supreme Court ruling from March 2015 upholding the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and to clear up confusion. But the Court of the Judiciary said it did not find that argument credible, finding instead that Moore sought to have probate judges defy the US Supreme Court ruling.

  • 9. allan120102  |  December 15, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Chad makes a huge step back. Becomes the 77th country were homosexuality is illegal. My heart goes to all the lgbt people living in that country.

  • 10. VIRick  |  December 15, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Texas: Legislative Proposal to Rescind Sodomy Law

    Sodomy laws were struck down as unconstitutional by the 2003 Supreme Court ruling in "Lawrence v. Texas," but in many states they remain on the books. At the time of the ruling, there were 14 states which still had sodomy laws on the books (whether enforced or not): Michigan, Idaho, Utah, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

    Texas itself is one such state that continues to keep language on the books outlawing homosexual sex acts. The law, passed in 1974, makes such conduct a class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. “A person commits an offense if he engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex,” the language reads, now crossed out to indicate it has been repealed.

    Rep. Joe Moody wants to do away with it altogether in order to prevent anyone from being arrested and prosecuted under the now overruled law, putting forth House Bill 96.

    This is not a totally unfounded fear. After efforts to do away with Louisiana‘s sodomy law failed in 2014, two men were arrested under it the following year. The charges were thrown out and Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie issued a reminder to officers to stop arresting people under the non-enforceable law.

  • 11. tx64jm  |  December 15, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    "The law, passed in 1974, makes such conduct a class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine."


    A class C misdemeanor is punishable by fine only. That's why all traffic offenses are Class C misdemeanors. So "the crime" of having sex with a person of the same sex was the same as not using your blinker to signal a lane change. OMG the Horror!

    "Sec. 12.23. CLASS C MISDEMEANOR. An individual adjudged guilty of a Class C misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500."

    "Sec. 21.06. HOMOSEXUAL CONDUCT. (a) A person commits an offense if he engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex.
    (b) An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor."

  • 12. Fortguy  |  December 15, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    That's not the only anti-LGBT law Dems hope to repeal. Sadly, the Lege is way too conservative to repeal any of these laws. Anyway, the Dems already have enough work during the next session trying to defeat religious freedom to discriminate and potty bills. As far as repealing bad laws, here is the Dems eventual wish list:

    John Wright, Texas Observer: Seven Anti-LGBT Laws That Remain on Texas’ Books

  • 13. VIRick  |  December 15, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Jamaican LGBT Group Celebrates 18 Years of Progress

    This is an up-beat opinion piece in the "Washington Blade," written by J-FLAG Executive Director Dane Lewis, from Jamaica, one of the more difficult situations here within the Caribbean.

    It is well worth the read, just for the positive vibes, despite the daunting task at hand.

  • 14. VIRick  |  December 15, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    6th Circuit Court of Appeals Denies Stay in Transgender Case

    Per Equality Case Files:

    In the Ohio case from the district court in Columbus, "Board of Eduction of Highland School District v. US Dept. of Education," the school district's appeal to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals of the district court order denying their preliminary injunction and granting the injunction in favor of Jane Doe, the Motion for a stay of the injunction pending appeal has been DENIED. The appeal is before Circuit Judges Keith, Sutton, and Donald.

    Our old enemy, Sutton, delivered a 3-page dissent. The last sentence of his dissent is appallingly inept, given his own intolerance and intransigence in insisting upon handing down the one dissenting ruling (along with Cook) in the marriage equality cases at the circuit court level:

    "Middle-management courts that ignore instructions from a higher court will eventually learn how it feels and how poorly such a system works."

    The Order (and Dissent) are here:

    Or perhaps he was admonishing himself for the blundering decision he rendered in "Obergefell" before the Supreme Court was eventually forced to overturn it? The Notorious RBG tried to tell him. So did the district court judge in West Virginia (who ruled in favor of marriage equality just days before him), as did the district court judge in Kansas (who ruled in favor of marriage equality on the day following).

  • 15. Fortguy  |  December 15, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Uh-oh, now that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has been defeated by Dem challenger Roy Cooper, the NC legislature is considering a coup. In a special session ostensibly called to consider disaster relief after Hurricane Mathew and Appalachian wildfires, the GOP-controlled body will consider a number of bills to confront what they consider the true disaster–a Democrat in the governor's mansion.

    The myriad bills would, among other things, vastly reduce the governor's appointment powers, force appeals of legal matters involving questions of state constitutional law to park first at a GOP-dominated appellant court rather than proceeding directly to the state's supreme court which, as a result of the election, will soon have a Dem majority. They are even considering stacking the court to allow McCrory to appoint two GOPers before his term expires. This is especially important because a federal redistricting panel has ruled the state's legislative maps unconstitutional and a special election for all seats must occur in 2017 under new maps. The governor has no authority to veto the new maps, so the Dems are hoping to rely on the state's supreme court Dem majority.

    Legislators also want to change the partisan apportionment on state and county election boards, merge the state ethics commission with the state election board, force judicial candidates to run as partisans, and pass a slew of environmental deregulation including eliminating vehicle emissions testing.

    David A. Graham, The Atlantic: North Carolina Republicans Try to Curtail the New Democratic Governor's Power

    Stephen Wolf, Daily Kos: North Carolina Republicans plot legislative coup against democracy to usher in a new era of Jim Crow

  • 16. scream4ever  |  December 15, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Yah there's no way these will hold up in any court.

  • 17. guitaristbl  |  December 16, 2016 at 10:33 am

    In what court though ? A federal one? Because if this coup goes through the state courts, including the NC SC will be stacked with far right hacks.

    This is a disgrace and I do hope in 2017 the pushback against the GOP starts and starts strong on a national level.

  • 18. Fortguy  |  December 16, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    The coup is over and it was successful for the GOP. However, they did not stack the state's supreme court which will have a Dem majority next year.

    David A. Graham, The Atlantic: North Carolina's 'Legislative Coup' Is Over, and Republicans Won

    Graham suggests that what the GOP did does have standing within the state's constitution. What remains to be seen is the legislative maps they have to draw next year and how both the federal redistricting court panel and the state's supreme court will react to them–if the state supreme court even gets the case in time before the special election.

  • 19. scream4ever  |  December 16, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    They can no problem I'm sure.

  • 20. allan120102  |  December 16, 2016 at 7:19 am

    The constitutional court of Venezuela have ruled that children can have both surnames of there parents whether they are biological or not. This is the same issue Arkansas ruled it was not permitted. This means that Venezuela supreme court is years ahead than the one in Arkansas. This ruling is the first in which the court rules in favor of lgbt right in a long time.

  • 21. VIRick  |  December 16, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Good. This ruling is an excellent guide as to the current thinking of the majority sitting on the Tribunal Suprema de Justicia de Venezuela.

    This is also the same way that the Constitutional Court in Colombia nipped around the main issue of marriage equality, building precedent, first issuing an identical ruling as to what Venezuela just did, then approving of same-sex adoption when one parent was the biological mother, then approving the recognition of a same-sex marriage performed abroad (in Spain) when one of the members of the couple was a Colombian citizen, (all in addition to giving the Colombian legislature a 2-year "window-of-opportunity" to enact marriage equality legislation), and doing so all before closing in on the main issue at hand (but with the caveat that the court case seeking to determine that the "window-of-opportunity" for the Venezuela legislature to enact marriage equality legislation expired several years ago, a case which is already currently pending).

    Remember that the 3 countries of Colombia, Venezuela, and Panama have basically inherited the same judicial system, and tend to follow each other rather closely in their judicial rulings.

  • 22. allan120102  |  December 16, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Yep, but dont forget Ecuador. The 4 of them together were the Gran Colombia before they separate. With Colombia already with same sex marriage and the other 3 have cases pending to struck down there ban. I could see marriage equality arriving to all of them . especially Venezuela who's court look more sympathic than the other two.

  • 23. VIRick  |  December 18, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Commentary on Pro-LGBT Ruling of Venezuela Supreme Court

    In addition to allowing children to have both surnames of their parents, whether biological or not, according to what Adriano Antinoo has posted today at "Matrimonio Igualitario," the 15 December 2016 ruling from Venezuela's Supreme Court also provides for the following:

    "Venezuela: Sentencia del TSJ reconoce a familias homoparentales y la co-maternidad."

    Venezuela: The ruling of the TSJ recognizes families with same-sex parents, as well as co-maternity.

    In particular, one should note that the Venezuela Supreme Court has focused almost all of its attention in this ruling upon the rights of the children. According to the Venezuela Census of 2011, already at that time, there were over 6,000 co-habitating same-sex couples in the country who had children living with them under the same roof, families who will now be protected by the State because of this ruling:

    En Venezuela existen, según el último censo del año 2011, unas 6 mil familias homoparentales constituidas, con lo cual a raíz de esta sentencia se verán protegidas por el Estado.

    It might also be worth noting that the couples who sued in this instance are Venezuelans who are currently living in Argentina. They moved there to protect their children, but now, following this ruling in their favor, will be returning to Venezuela.

    So, indirectly, we can assume that Argentina's very advanced stance on LGBT rights has likely had some positive influence on the Venezuela Court, given that Argentina (and Uruguay) have been vocally pushing their reciprocity agreements in recognizing each others' laws with the other Latin countries.

  • 24. allan120102  |  December 16, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Gilbraltar same sex marriage law came into force yesterday December 15, meanwhile Guenersey recieve royal assent on December 14.…

  • 25. allan120102  |  December 16, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    President of Costa Rica said that he does not support same sex marriage and he will not come to support it as he promise same sex cohabitation and not same sex marriage. When people vote for him they vote for ss cohabitation law and not same sex marriage. This declaration comes after the fraction of PAC ask for the opinion of the executive power.

  • 26. VIRick  |  December 16, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    The previous president of Costa Rica, and the first female head of state, Laura Chinchilla Miranda (2010-14), supported the fundamental rights of same-sex couples. Since she was popularly elected over 6 years ago, there must have already been sufficient support for some level of marriage equality within Costa Rica at that time, or she never would have been elected.

    Wikipedia claims this:

    "She opposes gay marriage, but has stated publicly the need for a legal frame to provide fundamental rights to same-sex couples."

  • 27. VIRick  |  December 16, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Indiana: "Religious Freedom" Claim Thoroughly Rejected by Federal Court

    Per Equality Case Files:

    On 15 December 2016, in "Summers v. Whitis," a discrimination claim by a former Harrison County, Indiana, employee fired for refusing to issue marriage licenses, shortly after same-sex marriage was legalized in Indiana, the Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment is GRANTED and Summers’ Motion for Summary Judgment is DENIED.

    "To be clear, the court does not question the sincerity of Summers’ beliefs. She maintains that 'it’s not God’s law to have [same-sex couples] marry,' (Summers Dep. 132:2-3), and has pointed to select verses from the Bible in support. That is fine; she has every right to believe that. However, that belief, no matter how sincerely espoused, does not objectively conflict with the purely administrative duty to process marriage licenses. Summers’ desire to avoid handling forms related to activities of which she personally disapproves is not protected by federal law. Title VII is not a license for employees to perform only those duties that meet their private approval.

    "Therefore, the court holds Summers has failed to establish that her religious practices were in conflict with her duties as a deputy clerk. This is fatal to her claim under Title VII. Summary judgment for Defendants is required."

    The Entry on Cross Motions for Summary Judgment is here:

  • 28. VIRick  |  December 16, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Widow of Pulse Nightclub Shooter Petitions Court to Change their Child’s Name

    Orlando, FL – The widow of the gunman who carried out the deadly shooting at a Florida gay nightclub before he was killed has filed a petition in a California court to change the name of their son.

    An online docket from Contra Costa County, California, shows that Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, filed the petition on Wednesday, 14 December 2016, on behalf of the 4-year-old boy, who is partly named for his father.

    Salman moved there from Florida after her husband was killed in a shootout with SWAT team members during the 12 June 2016 massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Forty-nine patrons were killed.

  • 29. VIRick  |  December 16, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Georgia Lesbian Takes Discrimination Case to 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

    Per "Georgia Voice:"

    A downtown Atlanta courtroom was the scene Thursday, 15 December 2016, of a hearing in a federal case, "Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital," that could change the landscape for LGBT employees across the country. A panel of three judges with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Lambda Legal’s case on behalf of Jameka Evans, a Savannah security guard who was forced to leave her job because she is a lesbian. The 11th Circuit Court is the federal appeals court with jurisdiction over the district courts in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.

    "Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital" is the latest Title VII case in which LGBT and progressive legal groups argue that discrimination based on their client’s sexual orientation should be ruled a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which includes a provision that prohibits discrimination based on the sex of an individual. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Lambda Legal’s argument in 2011, in "Glenn v. Brumby," that the Georgia General Assembly violated Title VII when Vandy Beth Glenn was fired for being transgender.

    Evans filed her lawsuit in District Court for the Southern District Court of Georgia in April 2015, arguing that Georgia Regional Hospital violated Title VII by discriminating against her because of her sexual orientation and her nonconformity with gender norms of appearance and demeanor. The district court dismissed Evans’ complaint, arguing that Title VII doesn’t protect employees from such discrimination. Lambda Legal then filed an appeal with the 11th Circuit Court in January, and Thursday’s hearing was the group’s first instance at arguing their case in federal court, due to the earlier pre-emptive dismissal.

    The case history is here:

    The 3-judge panel is composed of Pryor, Rosenbaum, and Martinez, with the latter sitting by designation from the Southern District of Florida.

  • 30. scream4ever  |  December 17, 2016 at 8:37 am

    It'll be interesting to see how Pryor rules on this case as he ruled in favor of a trans woman who was fired from the Georgia legislature.

  • 31. ianbirmingham  |  December 17, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Saying William Pryor Is the 'Most Demonstrably Antigay Judicial Nominee in Recent Memory,' Lambda Legal Opposes His Nomination To Federal Appeals Court

  • 32. ianbirmingham  |  December 17, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Fed Judge William Pryor Casts Deciding Vote To Uphold Florida's Ban On Gay Adoption

  • 33. Christian0811  |  December 17, 2016 at 2:33 pm


  • 34. VIRick  |  December 17, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Note: The first of Ian's citations dates from 2005, while the second dates from 2004. Taken together, they shed light on the very unsavory maneuverings surrounding Pryor's appointment to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as to the negative fall-out from his very first ruling while temporarily serving on that court.

    It is difficult to say whether he may have mellowed out a bit in the intervening years, or whether enough precedent has continued to build reflective of LGBT rights during that interval, and that he is merely following that established precedent, rather than continuing to attempt to re-write the law.

  • 35. guitaristbl  |  December 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Point is we should not trust him at any case imo. I consider him a very likely trump nominee for SCOTUS as well so I hope he receives a vigorous hearing from democratic senators at least.
    I still hope that a very anti-LGBT judge can be blocked with the help of a group of 3 moderate republican senators (I doubt republicans will care about a fillbuster much) though.

  • 36. allan120102  |  December 17, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    All of Trump nominees are anti lgbt so I dont have hope for that seat left vacant by Scalia. Whether we like it or not someone is going to be appoint and most likely it will rule against us. I just hope Ginsburg, Kennedy and Breyer can remain in there seat for the next 4 years if not we will be in big trouble.

  • 37. VIRick  |  December 16, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Stark Guide to (Lack of) Gay Rights in Morocco

    A video, locally compiled by Collectif Aswat, essentially points out two main overbearing facts:

    1. Homosexuality is still criminalized in Morocco.

    2. People found having same-sex relations, or accused of doing the same, can still be prosecuted under Chapter 489 of the Moroccan Penal Code.

  • 38. allan120102  |  December 17, 2016 at 10:17 am

    First same sex marriage occur in Gibraltar as the law took effect on Dec 15.

  • 39. ianbirmingham  |  December 17, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Fla Gov Appoints Supreme Court Justice Who Once Argued That The Child Of A Lesban Couple Could Not Legally Have Two Mothers

  • 40. VIRick  |  December 17, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    LGBT Activists March for Equal Rights in Montenegro

    Today, 17 December 2016, dozens of LGBT activists and their supporters gathered for a pride event in Podgorica. Activists marched through the Montenegrin capital carrying banners that read “born this way” and “equality for everyone."

    The Balkan country is known for having highly conservative attitudes towards the gay community, with one survey finding that 71% of people there consider homosexuality to be a disease and 58% believe it to be “very dangerous for society."

    Hundreds of police officers were deployed to protect them from the possibility of an attack by conservative extremists, according to reports by the Associated Press. The government in Montenegro has recently made moves to support the gay community as part of its pro-EU agenda.

  • 41. VIRick  |  December 18, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Santa Claus Shot to Death after Homeowner Stands His Ground

    Santa Claus, of unknown age, was shot and killed by home owner, Jack Koff, 41, for allegedly breaking into and entering his residence at 007 Patriarchy Lane without authorization. The deceased was found wearing a bright red cap and full-body microfiber suit with white piping around the collar, sleeves, and pant legs. He also sported a full white beard and bushy eyebrows.

    According to police Lieutenant Justin Tyme, “We have clear indication that Mr. Claus penetrated the home by shimmying down the chimney. We believe this because his clothing contained large amounts of ash and grime.”

    The town coroner, Helen A. Basket, determined that Claus died instantly with numerous bullet wounds to the head and upper back with one puncturing his heart. At a press conference held later in the day, Police Chief Reed Mylipps indicated that while the incident is still under investigation, at this point his department does not intend to press charges against Koff since it appears to be a case of justifiable homicide.

    Claus leaves behind a wife, nine flying reindeer — one with a bright red nose — and a gaggle of elves.

  • 42. VIRick  |  December 18, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Opponents Say Anti-LGBTQ Mississippi Law Favors Some Religious Beliefs

    Jackson MS — In "Barber v. Bryant," gay rights groups and others are asking a federal appeals court to keep blocking a Mississippi law that would let merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples. US District Judge Carlton Reeves halted the law before it could take effect on 1 July 2016, ruling it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

    The law, HB 1523, championed and signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant sought to protect three beliefs: marriage is only between a man and a woman; sex should only take place in such a marriage; and a person’s gender is determined at birth and cannot be altered.

    Bryant filed papers in late October asking the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift the stay and let the law take effect. On Friday, 16 December 2016, gay and straight plaintiffs who sued the state filed written arguments with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying the law “acts as an unconstitutional religious ‘gerrymander’ by putting its thumb on the scales to give special protections to one side in that religious debate and not the other.”

    Mississippi Democratic Attorney-General Jim Hood declined to appeal Reeves’ ruling. The governor’s appeal is being handled by private attorneys, including some working for Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona-based "christian" legal group that helped to write the law.

  • 43. allan120102  |  December 18, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Guerrero Mexico. Its a lie that there is same sex marriage in the state says the promoter of lgbt rights of the region.
    It is a lie that Guerrero has approved gay marriage: promoter

    Alberto Solís accuses that the former governor Rogelio Ortega lied on the matter in order to obtain votes in favor of the candidate who supported

    Rodolfo Valadez Luviano ()

    Tecpan, December 9. The promoter of the rights of the gay-lesbian community in this region, Alberto Solis Loeza, said that it is a lie that Guerrero has approved same-sex marriage, as promoted by former governor Rogelio Ortega, and said that up to That this issue is not legally established, community members can not think about adopting minors.

    "It is a lie that this law has been approved in Guerrero. It was managed in some political way by the past state administration that led Rogelio Ortega to win votes in favor of his candidate, but it was a very bad thing, because it occupied the collective for its political ends and that they supported a candidacy, and that generated that they increased The aggressions against the members of the collective, "he said.

    He acknowledged that although the issue of adoption has generated conflicting opinions, the controversy has to stop until a bill allowing same-sex marriage is approved in Guerrero, "which until now does not happen," he insisted.

    "First thing's first. It is necessary to initially establish a legal relationship between couples, so that the situation of adoption of minors can be given, "he said.

    He considered that as long as people do not work to change the culture of the population and the rulers, so that people are privileged and not groups, in a true state of law, things will continue until today without major advances in society .

    In addition, he criticized that there are politicians who seemed to reject members of the sexual diversity community and later approach their members to shelter them, as well as others who initially said they would open the doors to the community and that upon reaching the Power are closed.

    Solis Loeza said that despite the adversities will continue in the fight to get society to accept and give the place that deserves each member of the lesbian-gay community.

  • 44. ianbirmingham  |  December 18, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Trump Poised To Reshape Federal Judiciary

    Mitch McConnell’s refusal to confirm many of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees has set the table for Donald Trump to dramatically reshape the judiciary over the next four years, as the Republican Senate set a modern record for the fewest confirmations of lifetime judicial appointees.

    The Senate GOP confirmed just 20 lifetime judicial appointments to district and appeals courts in its two years in the majority, the lowest number by far in the past 28 years, according to a Congressional Research Service report obtained by POLITICO. That means that President-elect Trump will have major sway over the courts next year, starting with the Supreme Court and going all the way down to the district level.

  • 45. ianbirmingham  |  December 18, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Future Looks Bleak For Democrats

    Democrats [now] find themselves in an existential crisis. They lost the presidency and the Senate and trail Republicans in the House, as well as in state legislatures and governorships across the country. Worse, in the 2018 midterms, Democrats are defending 25 Senate seats, 10 of them in states that went for Donald Trump. After that, if the Dems can’t gain ground in state legislatures, the 2020 redistricting process is likely to hurt them even more.

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