Federal Supreme Court vs. State Supreme Court
Unfortunately I will no longer support the Alabama Crimson Tide in football or in any other way, unless or until the idiots that run the state back down. If I ever have cause to return to Kentucky, I will change my whole route to avoid the state completely.
The Alabama Supreme Court fired a shot across the bow of the U.S. Supreme Court, defiantly challenging that court’s earlier decision to let same-sex marriages proceed in the state. The Tuesday opinion ordered probate judges in that state to stop issuing marriage licenses, setting up a rare legal showdown that pits state power against federal, leaving hopeful couples in a giant legal limbo and state probate judges scratching their heads at the competing directives.
I think I will just not make my comments about this known and let the story speak for itself.
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo Wednesday, Ben Carson argued that homosexuality is a choice, using sex in prisons as a primary example to prove his point.
Carson, who announced the first step toward a presidential bid Tuesday, told CNN that he “absolutely” believes homosexuality is optional. He said, “[A lot] of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.” He also maintained that states should be responsible for implementing same-sex marriage laws, as opposed to the federal government.
Carson’s comments belitte a major problem within the incarceration system: high rates of prison rape. Regardless of their sexuality, thousands of inmates are victimized by fellow prisoners and guards every year. According to a Bureau of Justice Statistics findings published last year, correctional administrators reported 8,763 instances of sexual victimization in 2011. Of the 537 cases that were substantiated, 52 percent involved inmate-on-inmate violence, and 48 percent involved a prison staff member. But those were just the reported cases, and authorities often turn a blind eye to prisoners’ complaints of sexual misconduct.
It’s been over a year now since I made my original post about Alan Turing, the brilliant mind behind the cracking of the Enigma during WWII. I shared, also, lesser posts about the film made of his life and of the young man who wrote the Academy Award-winning screenplay adaptation. If you will recall, despite all the hard work Turing did for the British government (and for the Allied forces in general), he was convicted of “gross indecency” because he had had an affair with a 19 year old man. He was chemically castrated for it.
Relatives of Mr Turing have, as of late, been pressing hard for the British government to quash all homosexual convictions of this kind and the Labour Party, seems to be the one most likely to help get the “Turing’s Law” passed.
The Labour leader said a new law would allow family and friends of deceased men to seek the quashing of historical convictions for “gross indecency”.
Legislation would be known as “Turing’s Law” in memory of Alan Turing, he said.
The Enigma code-breaker was convicted of “gross indecency” in 1952 and was only given a posthumous pardon in 2013.
Homosexuality was illegal until it was decriminalised in England in 1967.
Mr Turing was convicted for gross indecency in 1952 in connection with an affair with a 19-year-old man, after which he was chemically castrated.
The conviction meant he lost his security clearance and had to stop the code-cracking work that had proved vital to the Allies in World War Two.
Yes. Mmmhhmmm I’m sure he’s right. After all, that’s what we want, isn’t it? *rolls eyes*
Conservative activist and media critic L.Brent Bozell, in an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) over the weekend in National Harbor, Maryland, predicted that “an effort [will be made] within three years” to bring criminal charges against a priest or a pastor for “talking about traditional marriage.”
The founder and president of both the conservative Media Research Center and Cybercast News Service warned in a 20 minute speech from the main stage at CPAC on Friday that “the radical left” is trying to “destroy the last vestiges of freedom in America,” evidenced by, among a list of other things, the belief that “there’s only one morally acceptable position on gay rights.”
Wow! Not only is she anti-LGBT, but this old hag is anti-women’s rights, too. I bet she’d rather go back to the time when men ruled everything and women were just submissive little mice. And I’d love to know how her son tolerates being around such a toxic mother.
Amid battles that have erupted over states banning local anti-discrimination ordinances and moving forward on “religious liberties” laws targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people — seemingly catching some LGBT activists off-guard — Phyllis Schlafly has a message for the LGBT community: Don’t believe for a minute that the Supreme Court’s decision in June on marriage equality, no matter how positive, will diminish the crusade against LGBT equality. In fact, she says, it will only serve to reinvigorate the anti-gay movement.
The Eagle Forum founder and leader, often referred to as the founding mother of the Christian conservative movement, speaks from experience. As an anti-feminist crusader, she is often credited with almost single-handedly stopping the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which initially had enormous momentum in the states in the ’70s, all but guaranteeing full equality for women in the Constitution. Opponents, however, used the backlash among conservatives to the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, especially in southern states, to successfully kill the ERA dead in its tracks by the early ’80s. The backlash has now been used to not only restrict abortion rights but to prevent laws to end income disparity and to positively affect many other issues for women.
We march ever closer to a Theocracy when issues like this arise.
A lawyer in California has submitted a ballot initiative with the state Department of Justice calling for the death of anyone who engages in sodomy in the state, the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reports.
The proposal by Matt McLaughlin, who lists his address in Huntington Beach, was received by the initiative coordinator at the Office of the Attorney General on Feb. 26. Enclosed was a $200 check and the complete text of his “Sodomite Suppression Act.” The act outlines seven measures relating to those who engage in same-sex sodomy, “a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha.”
Hello Lovelies!! Can I just say that Eddie Redmayne is a beautiful woman? My BFF said that he’s a beautiful anything and I agree 1000%. Lol
Anyway, onto the article about the story. Whether this is based on a work of fiction or not, I think it will open the door a bit more to what life is like for transgendered men and women. I realize that there are plenty of transgendered actors and actresses in Hollywood who could’ve played the part as well as Eddie, but this is Hollywood we’re talking about. No matter how many strides they take forward in allowing all minority to be represented across the board, they’re still behind. All you have to do is look to the complaints about the most recent Academy Awards.
Eddie Redmayne — Oscar winner for The Theory of Everything, delightful-seeming British person in real life — is starring in The Danish Girl, a film based on a novel inspired by the life of Lili Elbe. Elbe was one of the first transgender women to successfully undergo sex-reassignment surgery; the movie, due out in 2016, is directed by Tom Hooper (who previously worked with Redmayne in 2012’s family-friendly singalong, Les Miserables). The first photo of Redmayne as Elbe, above, was released last week.
Who was Lili Elbe? And was there a responsibility here, on the part of the filmmakers, to cast a trans actress in this role?
Susan Stryker is a professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Arizona and a transgender historian and filmmaker. She’s been in touch with producers of the The Danish Girl, commenting on the script and, through producer Gail Mutrux, has answered questions from Redmayne and director Tom Hooper. “They’re trying to do a good job,” she said by phone. “They’re not trying to do anything exploitative; they’re very sensitive to questions of how trans issues are going to be presented and received, by both mainstream audiences and by the trans community… I was really impressed when I first talked to them about the level of outreach and due diligence they had been doing. So I’m not, in any way, wanting to trash the film. I’m actually very curious to see what happens.”