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Thanks for this post. We should never, ever, forget history.
Two anniversaries make this a bitter-sweet day.
Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court made interracial marriage the law of the United States in its ruling in Loving v. Virginia. The 1967 unanimous decision came nine years after Mildred Jeter, a black woman who later identified as Native American, married Richard Loving, a white man, and the couple was threatened with prison if they didn’t leave Virginia. Justice Anthony Kennedy cited Loving v. Virginia in the Supreme Court ruling that legalized marriage equality, a case in which four of the nine justices—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas—supported bigotry.
On the 40th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, one year before Mildred Loving died in 2008, she talked about her support for marriage equality:
“I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government…
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Fior Pichardo de Veloz is a lawyer. She is also a local elected official in the Dominican Republic. In November 2013, she flew into the Miami International Airport in Florida to witness the birth of her grandchild. She was taken into custody on a federal, 1988 warrant for a drug charge in a case that she thought had been resolved.
That was two years ago, and on September 13, 2016, Fior filed a lawsuit in federal court; not because of the mix-up with the warrant, but because a nurse at the Miami-Dade jail assumed that Fior had been born male and had her placed in a general holding cell with 40 men.
According to her lawyers, Fior was initially placed into a jail cell as a woman, but a nurse alleged to evaluating her for exhibiting “non-traditional male characteristics.” The nurse alleged that she determined Fior had male reproductive organs and she was then sent to Metro West Detention Center, a male-only facility. Read the rest of this entry
This is what I thought almost from the beginning.
This video from the USA says about itself:
Orlando Shooter’s Lover Comes Forward
22 June 2016
Many like to point out that the Orlando shooter claimed allegiance to ISIS before he attacked the Pulse nightclub. However, his motivations may have had much more to do with his feeling shame in his sexuality rather than radical Islam. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.
Since that tragic event, some have recorded new songs in honor of the victims, and in honor of the human race. It was difficult choosing which ones to present here, but I decided on two. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Read the rest of this entry
Vice President Biden was also present.
My heart is heavy. It cries out for the families and friends. Here’ hoping that the wounded fully recover. It must be very hard on the owner of the Pulse to decide what to do with the nightclub and I hope the owner is not placed in financial ruin.
~~June 13, 2016~~
Orlando nightclub shooting victims’ names released
In honor of the 49 victims of the Orlando LGBTQ nightclub shooting.
(*Note that we will update this as more images become available*)
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores…
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At about 2 a.m. this morning, shots ranged out. An officer working extra duty in full uniform at the club responded.
CNN reports that the he and two other officers nearby opened fire on the shooter, and a gun battle ensues. The shooter went inside the club, where a hostage situation developed.
Some 100 officers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Orlando Police Department respond to the chaotic scene. At about 2:22 a.m. the shooter called 911 to pledge allegiance to ISIS. He also mentioned the Boston Marathon bombers.
It was around 5 a.m. when heavily armed SWAT team members use an armored vehicle to smash down a door at the club, clearing the way for some 30 people inside to flee to safety. SWAT officers confronted the suspect in the doorway, shoot and kill him. One officer was injured.
I am speechless.
This video says about itself:
Lesbian Couple Files Lawsuit After Hawaii Cop Arrested Them For Kissing
29 October 2015
The Honolulu Police Department opened an internal investigation on Wednesday into allegations that an officer wrongfully arrested a vacationing lesbian couple after seeing them kissing in a grocery store.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Lesbian couple gets $ 80,000 for being arrested for kissing
A lesbian couple who were arrested in the US state of Hawaii after a kiss in a supermarket will get a compensation of 80,000 dollars (about 71,000 euros). The women were arrested brutally and were jailed for three days.
With the compensation the municipality of Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, wants to prevent the case from going to court.
The US American couple were last year on vacation in Hawaii and were shopping at a supermarket in Honolulu. The couple walked hand in…
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California attorney David Allen packs loads of information into the following 4 minute video. He addresses the legislative branch and executive branch and its importance in enforcing or not enforcing the law.
“For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a lawyer.”
– David Allen
I really like this guy. David Allen has practiced law since 1980. It’s not often that I like watching videos when the person is only talking, but attorney Allen is different. He is animated in his voice and physically. His videos are interesting and I’m thinking about presenting one at least once a week.
In the one below, attorney Allen tells the story of a committed same-sex couple relationship of 19 years, and how there were no options at law when the couple decided to end their relationship. Read the rest of this entry
I suppose that the overall goal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has been obtained. That’s the only good that comes out of this.
Kim Davis, the anti-gay Kentucky clerk that was jailed last week for repeatedly disobeying court orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has just been released from jail.
U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to be released on Tuesday, but only with the understanding that she is not to interfere with same-sex marriage licenses any longer. According to reporter Dave Weigel, there was the sense that the defiant clerk may opt to stay in jail.
Davis’ release became an option after the staff at her Rowan County office began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, and at the request of the plaintiffs that sued her. Judge Bunning agreed to her release, now that her office was doing its job – but Davis is not to meddle in same-sex marriage licenses once she’s out of prison. The court order said:
“Defendant Davis shall be released from…
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The obvious question would be….what took so long? Yet it’s assumed she had to exhaust all her legal options via the Court systems. Now comes the fun part: The Go Fund Me (OR SIMILAR CROWD-SOURCING FUNDING SITES) donations.
The thrice divorced Ms. Davis might benefit from the publicity surrounding her strict morals regarding “The sanctity of MARRIAGE“. ks
ASHLAND, Ky. — A federal judge here on Thursday ordered a defiant county clerk jailed for contempt of court because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite a United States Supreme Court ruling.
The clerk, Kim Davis of Rowan County, was sent to jail after a hearing before Judge David…
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