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  • 1. guitaristbl  |  June 24, 2022 at 7:49 am

    A very sad day for the US. Let's hope Obergefell or even Lawrence are not next.

  • 2. ianbirmingham  |  June 24, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    Justice Thomas writes: in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.

    https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/19-13

  • 3. guitaristbl  |  June 24, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    I am well aware he did although Alito tried to dissasociate them in his majority opinion. Not that he is to be trusted. Dark times are ahead for everyone in the US.

  • 4. ianbirmingham  |  June 24, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Tweeted by Scott Feinberg, a columnist for the Hollywood Reporter:

    'RBG was a hero for many reasons. But the terrible irony is that her decision to stay too long at the party helped lead to the destruction of one of the things she cared about the most. Sadly, this will be a big part of her legacy'

    He argues that RBG should have retired prior to the Trump administration so that a liberal Justice could have been confirmed as her replacement (thus preventing Amy Coney Barrett from voting today to overturn Roe v. Wade).

  • 5. LK2013  |  June 29, 2022 at 10:23 am

    This. Is. Not. RBG's. Fault.

    This viewpoint is squarely in the realm of fantasy at this point. I guarantee you that if RBG had retired, McConnell would never have allowed her to be replaced before the 2016 election. Never would have happened. Even if she retired mid-term. He would have stolen TWO seats on SCOTUS. They wanted this that much.

    And the vote was 6-3 people!!! One seat would not have done it.

    Thomas and Alito, who have been stewing for decades, are hell bent on installing a horror show on the USA. They will do so much more damage before they are done.

    I like how Howard Stern phrased it when he said Thomas was just "waiting for other kooks to join the Supreme Court." These people are nuts.

    G-d help us. When you think about it though, SCOTUS has never reliably been our friend.

    Congress should have codified Roe vs Wade, among other things, when Obama first came into office and he had a Congress that could accomplish things.

  • 6. VIRick  |  June 24, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    The Aftermath of the Overturning of "Row v. Wade"

    From 24 June 2022, following the Supreme Court's insane decision overturning "Roe v. Wade," abortion policy is now set at the state level. Of the 16 most vulnerable states, abortion is now illegal in 5, soon-to-be-illegal in an additional 8, and potentially illegal in 3 more. By contrast, it will remain legal in 28 states and is legal-for-now in 6 others. Here is a chart explaining exactly what all that means, state by state:
    https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/24/abortion

    1. Louisiana (now illegal)
    2. Texas
    3. Oklahoma
    4. Kentucky
    5. South Dakota

    6. Missouri (soon-to-be-illegal)
    7. Arkansas
    8. North Dakota
    9. Idaho
    10. Wyoming
    11. Tennessee
    12. Mississippi
    13. Utah

    14. Alabama (potentially illegal)
    15. West Virginia
    16. Wisconsin

    17. Arizona (legal-for-now)
    18. Ohio
    19. Georgia
    20. Michigan
    21. South Carolina
    22. North Carolina

    Note: This list does not cite Florida (but see below)

  • 7. VIRick  |  June 25, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    The Aftermath of "Roe v. Wade" Being Overturned

    According to the "Advocate," abortion rights are in grave danger in as many as 21 states. In fact, the first 7 states in this list already have laws in place banning abortion (except to save the life of the mother). The next 5 states will have bans in place within 30 days. However, after that, matters become much murkier, as the next 3 states have bans on the books, but without implementation clauses, while another 6 have current court challenges preventing implementation:

    1. Missouri
    2. Louisiana
    3. Arkansas
    4. Texas
    5. Oklahoma
    6. Kentucky
    7. South Dakota

    8. North Dakota (in 30 days)
    9. Idaho (in 30 days)
    10. Wyoming (in 5 days, after certification by governor)
    11. Tennessee (after 6 weeks' gestation) (in 30 Days)
    12. Mississippi (after 15 weeks' gestation) (in 10 days)

    13. Alabama (unclear when it will be implemented)
    14. West Virginia (unclear when it will be implemented)
    15. Utah (unclear when it will be implemented, so legal-for-now)

    16. Arizona (after 15 weeks' gestation, from sometime this fall)
    17. Florida (after 15 weeks' gestation, from 1 July, but already in court challenge)
    18. Ohio (after 6 weeks' gestation; stayed in court)
    19. Georgia (after 6 weeks' gestation; stayed in court)
    20. Michigan (ancient ban from 1931 being blocked)
    21. Wisconsin (ancient ban from 1849 being blocked)
    https://www.advocate.com/news/2022/6/24/states-ba

  • 8. ianbirmingham  |  June 24, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    'Centrist' Senators Bamboozled By Trump's SCOTUS Appointees

    U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Susan Collins slammed Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch for their votes in overturning Roe V. Wade on Friday.

    The senators had voted to confirm the Donald Trump-appointed justices despite fears that they would overturn the landmark abortion ruling, with the senators saying at the time that they trusted Kavanaugh and Gorsuch to uphold the law.

    'Roe v. Wade, decided in 1973, is a precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court,' Gorsuch told senators in 2017. 'It has been reaffirmed.

    'So a good judge will consider it as precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court worthy as treatment of precedent like any other.'

    Kavanaugh failed to publicly answer if he beleived Roe v. Wade was 'correct law,' but doubled down that it was not only settled, but reinforced by the court's 1992 Casey V. Planned Parenthood, which upheld the federal right to an abortion.

    'So Casey now becomes a precedent on precedent,' Kavanaugh said in 2018. 'It is not as if it is just a run-of-the-mill case that was decided and never been reconsidered, but Casey specifically reconsidered it, applied the stare decisis factors, and decided to reaffirm it.'

    Collins said Kavanaugh echoed his statements to her in a one-on-one interview in 2018.

    'We talked about whether he considered Roe to be settled law,' Collins said back then. 'He said he agreed with what Justice [John] Roberts said in his nomination hearing, in which he said that it was settled law.

    'We had a very good, thorough discussion about that issue and many others.'

    Last month, both Collins and Manchin voted to reject legislation that would have codified Roe V. Wade protections.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10951449

  • 9. VIRick  |  June 24, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Mexico City Hosts Massive Equal Marriage Ceremony, 24 June 2022

    Per "SPR Informa:"

    El matrimonio igualitario es una realidad en la Ciudad de México. Año con año, el Gobierno de CDMX organiza el programa Cásate Con Orgullo, donde decenas de parejas igualitarias tienen acceso a una ceremonia civil masiva para unir sus vidas ante la ley.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA0F0VpgKsc

    Marriage equality is a reality in Mexico City. Year after year, the CDMX Government organizes the program, Marry With Pride, where dozens of egalitarian couples have access to a massive civil ceremony so as to unite their lives before the law.

    Per "Punto MX:"

    El Gobierno de la Ciudad de México, a través de la Dirección General del Registro Civil (DGRC), llevó a cabo el matrimonio de 121 parejas durante la Jornada de Matrimonio Igualitario 2022, "Cásate Con Orgullo."
    https://punto.mx/2022/06/25/que-vivan-les-novies-

    The Government of Mexico City, through the Director-General of the Civil Registry (DGRC), carried out the marriages of 121 couples during Marriage Equality Day 2022, "Marry With Pride."

  • 10. ianbirmingham  |  June 24, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    [Justice Thomas (a black man who is married to a white woman) writes: "in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell."]

    Jim Obergefell: "For Justice Thomas to completely omit Loving v. Virginia, in my mind, is quite telling."

    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/154050381

  • 11. ianbirmingham  |  June 25, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    The Lonely Chief: How John Roberts Lost Control Of The Court

    “No one can deny that from 2018 until when Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this was the Roberts court in every way that mattered,” Vladeck said. “The consequences of that no longer being true are incalculable but run the gamut from what the court is doing to how justices are behaving to how the institution functions. … When the median vote on the court became Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, it’s a very different court than any of us have seen in our lifetimes.”

    “This is the moment conservatives have been waiting for,” Wermiel said. “I think they’ll figure out how to continue to work together. … The conservative majority has a lot of work to do next term.”

    https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/25/chief-jo

  • 12. ianbirmingham  |  June 25, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Former President Donald Trump on Friday credited divine intervention for the Supreme Court’s decision overturning decades of precedent protecting Americans’ right to abortion access.

    “God made the decision,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News.

    It was Trump’s three appointees to the court — Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — who formed the backbone of the 5-4 majority that threw out past decisions upholding abortion rights. Kavanaugh and Barrett each replaced former justices — Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, respectively — who had backed abortion rights.

    This decision and others from the court that have been hailed by conservatives “were only made possible because I delivered everything as promised, including nominating and getting three highly respected and strong Constitutionalists confirmed to the United States Supreme Court,” Trump said in a statement issued Friday.

    “It was my great honor to do so!” he added.

    https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/24/trump-to

    No comment yet from the "Gays For Trump" https://gaysfortrump.org/

    "Log Cabin Republicans" say they are OK with this ruling: https://twitter.com/LogCabinGOP

  • 13. ianbirmingham  |  June 25, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Ukraine’s LGBTQ Pride parade celebrated in Warsaw, Poland

    KyivPride was celebrated along with Warsaw’s Equality Parade on the streets of the Polish capital, with 300 participants making the trip from Ukraine to remind the international community of the ongoing Russian invasion of their country. KyivPride trucks led the parade as blue and yellow Ukrainian flags mingled with rainbow flags and marchers shouted “Slava Ukraini” — glory to Ukraine.

    https://nypost.com/2022/06/25/ukraine-lgbtq-pride

  • 14. ianbirmingham  |  June 25, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Joe Biden moves to expand Title IX protections to LGBTQ students

    For the first time, the rules would formally protect LGBTQ students under Title IX. Nothing in the 1972 law explicitly addresses the topic, but the new proposal would clarify that the law applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    It would make clear that “preventing someone from participating in school programs and activities consistent with their gender identity would cause harm in violation of Title IX,” according to the department. More specific rules dealing with the rights of transgender students in school sports will be released later, the department said.

    Biden marked the anniversary of Title IX by acknowledging the impact the law has had in advancing equity but acknowledging there was more to do.

    “As we look to the next 50 years, I am committed to protecting this progress and working to achieve full equality, inclusion, and dignity for women and girls, LGBTQI+ Americans, all students, and all Americans,” he said in a statement.

    https://floridapolitics.com/archives/534849-joe-b

  • 15. VIRick  |  June 26, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    US Virgin Islands: By Law, Abortions Are and Remain Legal

    A US Supreme Court ruling that places abortion access in the hands of state governments is a step backward for women’s rights, local VI officials said in statements issued on Friday, 24 June 2022, that also affirmed the territory’s pro-choice laws.

    “While many states will face protracted political battles as a result of this ruling, the Virgin Islands already has laws in place,” Senate President Donna Frett-Gregory said in a statement. She added that according to the VI Code, abortions are legal in the territory.

    “This law was enacted by the Legislature of the Virgin Islands in 1973. It is important for the public to understand that abortions in the Virgin Islands are and remain legal. Women in the US Virgin Islands can be assured that they will continue to have the right to choose,” she added.
    https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/24/usv

  • 16. ianbirmingham  |  June 26, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    Turkish police break up Istanbul Pride march, detaining dozens

    Turkish police on Sunday broke up a banned Pride march in Istanbul, detaining more than 200 demonstrators, organisers said.

    Police detained protesters, loading them on to buses. AFP journalists saw four busloads of detained people.

    Organisers tweeted that more than 200 Pride participants and LGBTQ activists had been detained and that police had refused detainees access to their lawyers.

    AFP [French Press Agency]'s chief photographer Bulent Kilic, who was taken away handcuffed from the back, was released later on Sunday after presenting a statement to the police, his lawyer said.

    Hundreds of protesters carrying rainbow flags had pressed ahead with the rally in defiance of police.

    "The future is queer," they chanted. "We are here. We are queer. We are not going anywhere."

    Kaos GL Association, which campaigns to promote the human rights of LGBTQ people against discrimination, said on Twitter that police had detained 12 other people in the western city of Izmir and that one of them was later released.

    Police prevented the press from filming the Istanbul arrests, according to AFP journalists.

    Although homosexuality has been legal throughout the period of the modern Turkish republic, LGBTQ individuals say there is regular harassment and abuse.

    Istanbul Pride had taken place every year since 2003.

    The last march to go ahead without a ban was in 2014 and drew tens of thousands of participants in one of the biggest LGBTQ events in the majority Muslim region.

    After 2014, the march was banned each year, officially for security reasons.

    In 2020, streaming giant Netflix cancelled the production of a series in Turkey featuring a gay character after failing to obtain government permission for filming.

    The same year, French sports brand Decathlon faced boycott calls in Turkey for posting messages of support for LGBTQ people.
    https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/turkey/2

  • 17. VIRick  |  June 26, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Puerto Rico: By Law, Abortions Are and Remain Legal

    This well-written, detailed article, up-dated as of 24 June 2022, also portrays a darker, more sinister threat to abortion rights, one looming in the background, but one that threatens to up-end Puerto Rico's long-standing lead as one of the most liberal locations for abortion services anywhere in Latin America. Still, for now, on the more positive side, here is the gist of the present situation:

    Currently, Puerto Rico has one of the most liberal abortion laws in the world. On the archipelago, pregnant individuals can terminate a pregnancy without restrictions during any stage in their pregnancy.

    Puerto Rico has its own Supreme Court rulings affirming the right to abortion. That will make it more difficult for anti-choice legislators to outlaw abortion here. And most recently, in 2020, abortion was protected in Puerto Rico’s Civil Code.

    All 4 of Puerto Rico’s abortion clinics are located in the San Juan metro area, meaning that people on the west coast, central mountainous area, or on Puerto Rican islands outside the main island have to travel far distances, sometimes by unreliable ferries, for proper care.

    For activists and providers, legislation widening abortion access is pivotal — both for Puerto Ricans (about 40% of whom live under the poverty line), and the scores of people from neighboring Caribbean and South American countries where abortion is outlawed or limited. In reproductive justice spaces throughout Puerto Rico, abortion rights and access are never discussed as a solely, or even primarily, Puerto Rican issue. The fight for free, accessible, and safe abortion is also for the people of the Dominican Republic, the British Virgin Islands and other British Caribbean islands, Venezuela, and, increasingly, the contiguous USA.
    https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2022/06/11011556

  • 18. Elihu_Bystander  |  June 27, 2022 at 7:08 am

    Fantastic essay on originalism.

  • 19. VIRick  |  June 27, 2022 at 10:50 am

    Guanajuato: Equal Marriages Increase Exponentially

    Per "Noticias Radio Irapuato:"

    Guanajuato: Incrementan Matrimonios Igualitarios de Forma Exponencial

    De acuerdo con datos proporcionados por la Dirección General del Registro Civil, el 2021 cerró con 21 matrimonios igualitarios, de los cuales ocho fueron celebrados en diciembre. De hecho, el Registro Civil solo celebró 109 matrimonios igualitarios, (con amparo, de los 4 años) del 2018 al 2021.

    Este año, (en 5 meses,) con corte al 31 de mayo, se han celebrado 126 uniones entre personas del mismo sexo, de los cuales más de una tercera parte, 45, se concentraron en León. El segundo municipio con más registros fue Irapuato, con 19, seguido por Celaya, con 12. En total, este tipo de uniones se han celebrado en 22 de los 46 municipios del estado.
    https://noticiasradioirapuato.com/2022/06/27/incr

    According to data provided by the Director-General of the Civil Registry, 2021 closed with 21 equal marriages, of which eight were celebrated in December. In fact, the Civil Registry only celebrated 109 equal marriages, (with amparo, in the 4 years) from 2018 to 2021.

    This year, (in 5 months,) as of 31 May, there have been 126 unions between same-sex couples, of which more than a third, 45, were concentrated in León. The municipality with the second-most registrations was Irapuato, with 19, followed by Celaya, with 12. In total, this type of union has been celebrated in 22 of the 46 municipalities in the state.

  • 20. VIRick  |  June 27, 2022 at 11:32 am

    Durango: Resorting to the Amparo for Marriage Equality

    Per "El Siglo de Torreón:"

    Durango: Recurren al Amparo por Matrimonio Igualitario

    En el último año, (se han logrado) 42 amparos contra el Registro Civil, el Congreso del Estado, y el Poder Ejecutivo. Gracias a este recurso en el estado, cerca de 42 parejas han logrado formalizar su relación al obtener su acta de matrimonio, y con ello, los derechos y obligaciones que conlleva.

    ("Lo llevamos) el trámite a través de un equipo jurídico encabezado por el Lic. Alejando Aranda, quien es el que nos ha estado ayudando con los amparos el último año."
    https://www.elsiglodetorreon.com.mx/noticia/2022/

    In the past year, 42 amparos (have been achieved) against the Civil Registry, the State Congress, and the State Executive. Thanks to this resource in the state, about 42 couples have gained formalization of their relationship by obtaining their marriage certificate, and with it, the rights and obligations that it conveys.

    ("We carry) the process through a legal team headed by Lic. Alejando Aranda, who is the one who has been helping us with the amparos for the past year."

    Torreón, Coahuila, faces Gómez Palacio, Durango, across the Río Nazas and the state line, and at 1.5 million people, is the most populous metro area in both states. Coahuila was one of the very first states in Mexico with marriage equality. Durango is determined to be one of the very last. Thus, for the past 8 years, in addition to the 42 couples already mentioned above (who are primarily resident in the state capital, Victoria de Durango,) hundreds of other same-sex couples, from both sides of the river, have married in Torreón without requiring an amparo.

  • 21. ianbirmingham  |  June 27, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    GOP privately worrying overturning Roe v. Wade could impact midterms: 'This is a losing issue for Republicans,' report says

    "This is not a conversation we want to have," Republican strategist John Thomas told Politico. "We want to have a conversation about the economy. We want to have a conversation about Joe Biden, about pretty much anything else besides Roe. This is a losing issue for Republicans."

    https://www.businessinsider.com/republicans-fear-

  • 22. ianbirmingham  |  June 27, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    Turkish opposition party CHP: We support LGBT rights, and we will not hesitate to say it openly

    CHP Deputy Chairman Gokce Gokcen sees opposing LGBT as aggression. Gokcen said, "We will not be afraid of a group of hateful aggressors and will not hesitate to tell the truth. Happy Pride Week!"

    "LGBTIs, who are discriminated against due to their sexual orientation and gender identities in the world and in Turkey, and cannot access basic human rights and public services, are also faced with increasing cases of physical violence in our country."

    "In Turkey, the government actively participates in these hate speeches instead of standing by LGBTIs, who are already discriminated against and fighting hate crimes."

    "It is the basic obligation of the state to protect the right to health and education, the right to work, the freedom of expression and association, and the right to protest of all our citizens."

    "On the other hand, the Pride Parade and all activities of LGBTI people who want to express their problems and demands, and who want to protect the struggle for equality and dignity, that is, human rights, are systematically prohibited."

    "I condemn this hateful political choice in which those who threaten Pride Parade events are protected, and those who exercise their rights face detention, assault and threats."

    "Pride marches should not be interfered with, on the contrary, the demands of our citizens should be listened to by all politicians, regardless of their party. I would like to express once again: LGBTI+ rights are human rights."

    https://www.habervakti.com/chpli-gokcen-lgbtyi-ku… (Turkish-language story)

  • 23. VIRick  |  June 27, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Barbados: Time for a Court Challenge to the Marriage Act

    Per LGBT Marriage News and "Barbados Today," dated 9 March 2022:

    Attorney-at-law Lalu Hanuman believes the time has come to test Barbados’ Marriage Act to see if same-sex unions would be allowed under the existing law. He contends that even if it is resisted in the local Barbados courts, a recent ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) suggests it could succeed there.

    He made reference to a CCJ ruling of February 2022 that overturned a local Barbados court’s contention that the crime of rape did not extend to non-consensual anal intercourse between men. To the contrary, the CCJ ruled that the Sexual Offences Act is gender-neutral, and thus, is not discriminatory (and thereby, applies to the case at hand). Hanuman said a similar case could be made for same-sex marriage since the relevant law is also gender-neutral.

    “Most of the Marriage Act is also gender-neutral, except for that one section, Section 3, which speaks about void and prohibited marriages in terms of categories. There is no other reference in that Act saying that only a man and a woman can marry,” the attorney said. “It does not say in the prohibited or void sections that a man can not marry a man or that a woman can not marry a woman."

    "I think it ought to be considered a test case whereby an LGBTQ person approaches the magistrate to have their banns published … and tries to marry someone of their same gender. I am confident that it will be refused at the Magistrate’s Court level, but then that decision should be challenged all the way up to the Caribbean Court of Justice. I think it could well succeed.”
    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/03/09/attorney-sugg

  • 24. ianbirmingham  |  June 28, 2022 at 3:14 am

    The Supreme Court just threw the idea of settled law out the window

    Last week, Trump's three nominees, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, provided the necessary votes to overturn Roe in a 5-4 decision. In doing so, they have forever changed the calculations a judge will consider when contemplating whether to overturn precedent.

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/28/politics/supreme-c

  • 25. VIRick  |  June 28, 2022 at 10:06 am

    And by throwing settled law out the window, and stripping away long-standing constitutionally guaranteed rights without offering any rationale or logical reasoning, this same US Supreme Court has also declared itself to be illegitimate, in violation of all previously-held precepts and norms.

    The 5-member majority need to be immediately removed from the bench through impeachment, because, if they are allowed to remain, their continuing presence will then generate the perverse precedent that any 5 individuals who happen to be sitting on the court at any given moment can simply invent whatever rules they want to invent, based on whim and/or their own personal belief.

  • 26. Elihu_Bystander  |  June 29, 2022 at 2:10 am

    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.

  • 27. ianbirmingham  |  June 29, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    The best alternative action is to ensure that the Democratic Party has an iron grip on the White House and the Senate at all times. That would permanantly prevent Scalias, Alitos, Rehnquists, and others of that despicable ilk.

    Even better would be a permanent 60% Democratic Party majority in the Senate. That would enable the confirmation of many great Thurgood Marshalls.

  • 28. scream4ever  |  June 29, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    The Senate fillibuster no longer applies to judicial appointments so we don't need 60 votes anymore.

  • 29. ianbirmingham  |  June 30, 2022 at 3:10 am

    On April 6, 2017, Senate Republicans eliminated the sole remaining exception to the 2013 change by invoking the "nuclear option" for Supreme Court nominees. This was done in order to allow a simple majority to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The vote to change the rules was 52 to 48 along party lines. 61 Senators from both parties wrote a letter to Senate leadership, urging them to preserve the filibuster for legislation.

    Still, Democratic Party control of both the White House and the Senate remains essential.

    I wonder how many people here have personally walked precincts for important candidates, or at least donated to important campaigns…

  • 30. VIRick  |  June 29, 2022 at 8:52 am

    Expanding the court would require enabling legislation and a long, drawn-out process to accomplish such, a process, too, without any guarantees of success. Undoubtedly, it would also prove to be far too slow and way too messy, especially considering that no concrete steps have even begun.

    Since these court appointments are lifetime appointments, the only other alternate remedy is removal. That can be accomplished through impeachment, resignation/retirement, or death.

    Thomas is the most vulnerable on all three counts, given his age, his conflicts of interest, his veiled threats of future court actions, and his multiple ethics violations, especially in combination with his wife's activism and questionable behavior. Alito, as the "mastermind" who wrote the decision overturning "Roe," and thus threw out the concept of the rule of law just because he could, should be impeached for displaying unbridled arrogance, arrogance only topped by Thomas' threats of future court actions. On the other hand, the three newcomers could also be impeached for lying to Congress during their confirmation hearings.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/could-sup

    A sudden retirement or death by Alito and/or Thomas would also be quite welcome, especially if accomplished "a la Scalia." A hopeful sign in this direction is the fact that Thomas had a recent, unexplained absence from the court due to some undefined "illness."

  • 31. VIRick  |  June 28, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Mexico, Abortion Law, and Women from the USA Seeking an Abortion

    Per Thomson Reuters Foundation News:

    In 2021, Mexico made history when its Supreme Court decriminalized abortion. That same week, Texas banned the practice from about six weeks of pregnancy. As "Roe v. Wade" falls, more American women seeking abortions are turning to Mexico for help. What are their options?

    Across Mexico, there are still strict restrictions on abortion, including in Guanajuato, Tabasco, and Campeche. But people cannot be prosecuted for ending a pregnancy. The abortion pill misoprostol can be bought from pharmacists in Mexico without a prescription for 600 pesos ($30 US).

    Medical abortion usually involves the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol. Mexico’s advocates follow WHO recommendations on how individuals up to 12 weeks pregnant can self-manage an abortion with both medications. Some across the border in Texas have already found it easier to take a 2-hour-long bus trip to Mexico in order to go through the medical procedure in a safe-zone in Monterrey.

    Many more informative details, including a number of active networks and contacts in Tijuana, Guanajuato, and Monterrey, can be found here:
    https://news.trust.org/item/20220624180120-flqzx/

  • 32. ianbirmingham  |  June 28, 2022 at 10:58 am

    Polish court rules that four "LGBT-free zones" must be abolished

    A top Polish appeals court ruled on Tuesday that so-called "LGBT-free zones" must be scrapped in four municipalities, a verdict welcomed by activists as a victory for human rights and democracy.

    Numerous local authorities in Poland passed resolutions in 2019 declaring themselves free of "LGBT ideology", part of a conflict in the predominantly Catholic country between liberals and religious conservatives, who see the struggle for gay rights as a threat to traditional values.

    After a legal challenge from Poland's Human Rights Ombudsman, lower courts ruled that nine such resolutions must be scrapped.

    The public prosecutor's office, the ultra-conservative think-tank Ordo Iuris and the municipalities involved then appealed against these verdicts. In the first four cases, the appeals were dismissed on Tuesday.

    "Today's decision… is a great victory for democracy, human rights and respect for people," Poland's Campaign Against Homophobia wrote in a social media post.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/polish-court

  • 33. ianbirmingham  |  June 28, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Jim Obergefell urges Democrats to fight harder after Roe

    Q: You’re running for the Ohio House of Representatives in a district that is held by a Republican. How do you think this ruling will mobilize voters?

    A: My hope is that it does mobilize people because I look at this decision as the proof of what we have tried to get across to people back in the 2016 presidential elections. I talked about this. Lots of other people talked about this, about the importance of voting and voting for the candidate that most closely matches your values, to make sure that the Supreme Court would be composed of justices who actually reflect our nation the way we look and the values we hold.

    Polls show that a majority of Americans support marriage equality. Polls show that a majority of Americans support a woman’s right to an abortion. But we have an extreme right-wing court because people didn’t vote and that allowed an extreme minority to take the White House and to create the Supreme Court that doesn’t reflect us. So my hope is that it is a wake-up moment for a lot of people to realize, “I have got to be involved. I’ve got to be aware of what’s happening and I’ve got to vote in every single election.”

    https://thehill.com/homenews/noteddc/3540437-note

  • 34. ianbirmingham  |  June 28, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Democrats unveiling ‘Transgender Bill of Rights’

    The proposal would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to explicitly include protections for gender identity and sex characteristics, expand access to gender-affirming care and ban conversion therapy.

    It would also require the attorney general to designate a liaison dedicated to overseeing enforcement of civil rights for transgender people and invest in community services to prevent anti-transgender violence.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/house/3540543-democr

  • 35. ianbirmingham  |  June 29, 2022 at 11:34 am

    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire Thursday 6/30/22, to be replaced by Ketanji Brown Jackson

    https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/29/supreme-court-jus

  • 36. ianbirmingham  |  June 29, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says he will defend state's law making sodomy illegal if Supreme Court revisits Lawrence v. Texas

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10965043

  • 37. Elihu_Bystander  |  June 30, 2022 at 3:33 am

    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.

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