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U.S. President Cannot Change Marriage Equality Law

The President of the United States has a lot of power but he/she cannot change marriage equality. The U.S. Supreme Court is the one with that power. 

The only current open seat on the Supreme Court was previously held by Justice Scalia, who voted against marriage equality. So replacing him with another bigot changes nothing. 

It is a fairly common rhetorical flourish for presidential candidates to say something like “when elected, I will repeal” a law. But they can’t.

A conversation I had today: 

a friend who is a guy: wait omg I just heard that you were a feminist?!
me: yeah, so? 
a.f.w.i.a.g: but aren’t those… like activists who like…. do weird shit and stuff? 
me: sometimes? I guess? idk we’re all just campaigning for equal rights within the law and society. 
a.f.w.i.a.g: wait so you’re like…. equalists? 
me: I guess in a manner of speaking, yes - between genders, in any case. 
a.f.w.i.a.g: *whispering* holy shit. im a feminist, then? can guys be feminists? 

It’s not men who are the problem…. it’s society and parents of these men who don’t teach them shit. 

Black on black crime has nothing to do with police brutality. Black on black crime doesn’t make the fact that racist cops are killing people of color for little to no reason any less horrible.

The “Pray for Betty White” movement is cute and all, but I think the person who really needs our prayers right now is Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a liberal member of the United States Supreme Court. Being a Jewish woman and a big advocate for women’s rights, her presence on the Supreme Court has really helped American law move towards equality. For example, Ginsburg is the first Supreme Court justice to officiate a same sex-wedding, is a big advocate for equal voting rights, and as a feminist, her voice and vote in the Supreme Court has helped protect women’s reproductive rights for years

The problem is, Ginsburg is 83 years old (the oldest member) and a cancer survivor. If she passes away, Trump will be in charge of replacing her presence on the United States Supreme Court, and you can be sure that he’ll replace her with somebody who is against everything she stands for.

At the moment, the Supreme Court consists of 4 liberal members, 3 conservative members, and Justice Kennedy, who is a conservative swing (a conservative member that occasionally sides with the liberals). The confirmation of Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch would give conservatives a potential edge of 5 to 4, which means conservatives could control what cases enter the Supreme Court for a vote, as well as the results. It only takes a simple majority of 5 votes to overturn a case. Nevertheless, we have fared well in a 4 liberal, 4 conservative, and 1 conservative swing court before. It’s not good, but not the end of the world. 

HOWEVER

Ginsburg’s passing would give the conservatives a concrete 5 votes, and a potential 6 votes, which would give conservatives the ability to overturn any major court case, including Roe v. Wade (abortion rights) and Obergefell v. Hodges (gay marriage).

On top of that, Supreme Court justices serve life terms, so you can bet Trump will elect a YOUNG conservative, meaning conservatives have the potential to completely control the Supreme Court for GENERATIONS to come. 

So pray for Ruth Bader Ginsburg y’all.

Despite Trump’s assurances, LGBTQ rights are hardly ‘settled’ in court

  • It has been nearly two years since the Supreme Court handed down the Obergefell ruling, making marriage equality the law of the land in all 50 states. 
  • Yet the extent of that equality remains vulnerable to interpretation in lower courts, especially for LGBTQ parents.
  • President Donald Trump has said that he considers same-sex marriage to be “settled.” 
  • Yet he also said that he would “strongly consider” appointing a Supreme Court justice who would overturn the Obergefell ruling.
  • It seems like even the most “settled” of civil rights issues could enter the courtroom once more. Read more
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A Trump Adviser Was Photographed Holding A Plan To Question Immigrants About “Sharia Law”
Kris Kobach's plan also includes reducing the intake of Syrian immigrants to zero.
By Mary Ann Georgantopoulos

The Kansas Secretary of State was photographed holding a “strategic plan” before a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday that includes ways barring immigrants from entering the US, including asking about “support of Sharia law, jihad, equality of men and women, and the United States Constitution” and reintroducing a registry.

Kris Kobach, reportedly jockeying for a position in the Trump administration, is an immigration hardliner reportedly advising Trump and was the author of a now-defunct post-9/11 registry program, called NSEERS, for immigrants from Muslim countries.

Kobach and Trump posed for photographers before their meeting at Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey golf course. Kobach was holding a stack of papers — the front of which was partially visible.

The document he was holding was titled “DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY KOBACH STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE FIRST 365 DAYS”

While the front page is partially covered by Kobach’s hand and arm, the top portion is visible and mentions questioning “high-risk” immigrants as a way to apparently fight terrorism.

A former homeland security expert told BuzzFeed News that NSEERS would, logistically, be relatively easy to re-implement. The document also called for reducing the “intake of Syrian refugees to zero.”

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Amid Charges By Former Law Student On Gender Equality, Former Clerks Defend Gorsuch
A student who took an ethics course under Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch at the University of Colorado Law School said he expressed controversial views on questions of gender discrimination.

A former law student of Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, alleges that in a course she took from Gorsuch at the University of Colorado Law School last year, the judge told his class that employers, specifically law firms, should ask women seeking jobs about their plans for having children and implied that women manipulate companies starting in the interview stage to extract maternity benefits.

From Aaron Jackson, of Planting Peace and the Equality House:

“Before painting the Equality House, Davis and I thought it would only be three weeks before the house was burnt down.
We even set forth escape plans. But something beautiful happened over the course of the last three years…. Nothing.

With roughly 150 visitors a day, the Equality House had never been attacked.

Then, in late 2016:

- Our Little Free Library was covered in feces.

- The KKK knocked on our door and told Davis and me that we would be killed if Trump were elected.

- Then, a few weeks ago, I was awakened by the sounds of 5 white guys spray painting "fuk fags” along the exterior of my house. They also left 7 bullet holes in my window.

I spoke with the Southern Poverty Law Center after the Equality House was shot, and they confirmed hate crimes are on the rise.

I’ve seen more swastikas in the last couple of days than I have seen in my lifetime outside of historical references.

But what scares me more than the bullets nailing my window and swastikas popping up on street corners around America is the absolute silence from far to many. This is no time to be complacent my friends. We must act.

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ”

And this my children, is how Jesus saved us from the dinosaurs. 

Yesterday was a sad day for public education in the United States. The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced Bill 610. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5 to 17, and starts the de-funding process of public schools.

The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) of 1965 which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education. It is a comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.

Some things the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) of 1965 does for Children with Disabilities:

  • ensures access to the general education curriculum
  • ensures access to accommodations on assessments
  • ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
  • includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups
  • requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).

The bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch. For our most vulnerable, this may be the ONLY nutritious food they have in a day.

PLEASE call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps.

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