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Re: Equality

Postby Proofrdr » 10 Jan 2016, 01:52

Aren't you glad we live in the Northeast where our judges at least go through some sort of vetting process before being elevated to the court?

Moore keeps re-interpreting the law. He should be held in contempt and barred from further appointment.
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Re: Equality

Postby Proofrdr » 08 Mar 2016, 07:11

Another decision by SCOTUS in our favor. Yesterday, SCOTUS ruled for a lesbian mother who was denied adoption rights by the state of Alabama after she moved to the state from Georgia, where she was the lawful parent of children she had raised from birth.

The petitioner in the case, identified in court papers only as "V.L.," had been in a relationship with her partner, "E.L.," for more than 15 years. They had three children, whom they conceived through assisted reproductive technology.

Since E.L. was the biological mother of the children, V.L. had applied in Georgia to become their parent through adoption. Once that became official, the family moved to Alabama. In 2011, the couple ended their relationship. V.L. moved out of the home, and E.L. declined to grant her access to the children, prompting V.L. to seek a court order in Alabama granting her custody and visitation rights for the children.

We all are familiar with the Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice—none other than our good friend and jackass, Roy Moore—so you know the result of that decision. He "reasoned" that Georgia should never have granted her the adoption in the first place.

The interesting aspect of the SCOTUS decision to overturn was the way it was done. It was decided per curiam, which means it was issued in the name of the whole court and without any of the justices attaching their names to it, without oral arguments, and without being added to the docket. This happens when the law is so obvious that formal argument is unnecessary. In effect, the case never should have even gotten that far.

More good news is that on Friday, the Alabama Supreme Court, notwithstanding its Chief Justice's opinion, refused to hear a challenge to same-sex marriage.

One by one the objections are being pushed aside.
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Re: Equality

Postby wildlx » 23 Mar 2016, 22:37

Excellent news :-).
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Re: Equality

Postby FranW » 24 Mar 2016, 06:12

It will be interesting to watch the decisions of SCOTUS, especially after the Scalia vacancy is filled. I honestly cannot see the Republicans winning the presidency this year, so things should start shifting a little away from the extreme right.
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Re: Equality

Postby Proofrdr » 24 Mar 2016, 12:28

This election cycle is insane! On the one hand, we have 2 polite, intelligent individuals presenting their quite different visions for the country's future. On the other hand, we have a freak show manipulated by a bombastic, bloviating narcissist serving as ringmaster. It's appalling, embarassing, and downright terrifying.
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Re: Equality

Postby FranW » 26 Mar 2016, 07:08

Agreed, but since a majority of Republican voters are also disgusted and embarrassed, it may actually bode well for the future.
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Re: Equality

Postby Proofrdr » 26 Mar 2016, 13:16

We have to rely on the Republican Party to follow their rules for the primary. As the rules stand, If no one gets 1237 delegates, then the vote starts all over again and they have what is called a brokered convention. Trump is already making threats if he doesn't get the nomination even if he doesn't get the 1237 delegates.

I think the general electorate can be relied on not to vote him into the presidency, but I truly do worry about the greater harm he can do if he continues his demagoguery and divisiveness all the way to November. In addition to everything else, the next president will have to deal with what he stirs up.
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Re: Equality

Postby FranW » 27 Mar 2016, 07:48

Yep -- the millions of Trump followers who are angry and hate-filled won't go away just because Trump doesn't become president. It's horrifying to realise just how many Americans do hold those hateful views and beliefs, and are raising their children to believe them too. It's not just a small fringe Fred Phelps group -- it's a large section of society. (Not that this really comes as a surprise to any lesbian who has lived in the US -- and it's one of the main reasons we chose to leave.)
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Re: Equality

Postby Proofrdr » 01 May 2016, 00:32

Kudos to the Constitutional Court of Columbia. Following a 2010 ruling by that high court, the national congress had to create a law establishing marriage equality by June 20, 2013. They did it and the law came into effect yesterday, April 29th.

Colombia now is the fourth Latin American nation to have marriage equality. Argentina was first in 2010, followed by Brazil and Uruguay in 2013. Several Mexican states have marriage equality, beginning with Mexico City in 2010, and Mexico’s high court ruled that those marriages must be recognized nationwide.

Before we gained marriage equality, these changes seemed to be moving at a snail's pace. Now, I'm able to see it from a more comfortable perspective, and it's amazing what's happened just in the last decade. For all of our brothers and sisters in kind, I hope the restrictions against them fall even more swiftly.
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Re: Equality

Postby FranW » 01 May 2016, 07:46

Yes, the change has been amazingly swift, forceful, and resolute. Which, I guess, explains in part the Rise of Trumpiness: backlash against the change they are unwilling to accept, because it threatens their position of privilege.
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