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Let’s start this dreadful article with a song written many years ago and sung by Phil Ochs. Here’s to the state of Mississippi. Don’t get us wrong and take a listen. Our title from Phil’s song says it all. You know Mary not much has changed in all of these years, not much at all.

and here is the dreadful article.

Appeals Court Allows Worst Anti-LGBTQ Law Ever To Go Into Effect In Mississippi

A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals this week lifted a lower court injunction that had stopped the implementation of what many legal observers and LGBTQ activists view as the worst, most dangerous legislative attack on LGBTQ people yet.

Mississippi’s HB 1523, the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant in April of 2016 but put on hold by a federal judge, allows for the most far-reaching religious exemptions of any bill we’ve seen in the states. And it could eventually be the first big test of the Supreme Court’s newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, who has been a staunch defender of “religious liberty” and, by his own description, is in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, yet who has gay friends who claim he’s been misunderstood.

The law allows for businesses and government employees to decline service to LGBT people, and that includes bakers, florists, county clerks and even someone working at the department of motor vehicles, based on religious beliefs. It allows for discrimination in housing and employment against same-sex couples or any individual within a same-sex couple. Businesses and government, under the law, can regulate where transgender people go to the bathroom. The law allows mental health professionals and doctors, nurses and clinics to turn away LGBT individuals. It also allows state-funded adoption agencies to turn away LGBT couples.

The law could have a wide impact beyond LGBTQ people as well, allowing for broad discrimination against many people.

This bullshit law gets even better as the article goes on to say:

According to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, under the law:

  • a government clerk could refuse to issue a marriage license to a couple because one person had been previously divorced;
    • a taxpayer-funded adoption agency could refuse to place a child with a happy and loving family because the parents lived together before they were married;
    • a taxpayer-funded organization that provides shelter to kids who have suffered child abuse could turn away a pregnant teenager;
    • a counseling group practice could refuse to see a mother and her teen who is experiencing severe depression because the woman is unmarried;
    • a counselor could refuse to help an LGBT person who called a suicide hotline;
    • a fertility clinic could refuse to treat a veteran and his partner because they are not married;
    • a car rental agency could refuse to rent a car to a same-sex couple on their honeymoon; and
    • a corporation could fire a woman for wearing pants.

    U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves had ruled the law unconstitutional ― a violation of the Establishment Clause ― in July of 2016 in a consolidated case, the plaintiffs in which included the Campaign for Southern Equality and LGBTQ-affirming churches and ministers. He issued a preliminary injunction. The 5th Circuit this week lifted that order, in a unanimous decision of the three-judge panel. Judge Jerry Smith, writing for the court, basically argued that the plaintiffs do not have standing because they have not yet experienced discrimination ― which, of course, wouldn’t happen until after the law is in effect, which makes it a bizarre ruling:

    he Establishment Clause is no exception to the requirement of standing. It is not enough simply to argue that there has been some violation of the Establishment Clause; The plaintiffs claim they have suffered a stigmatic injury from the statute’s endorsement of the Section 2 beliefs. That stigma can be a cognizable Establishment Clause injury, but even such stigmatic injury must be concrete and particularized.

    The court allowed that “a future plaintiff may be able to show clear injury-in-fact” but until then it did not see discrimination. That’s appalling, since the law on its face is all about discrimination and exclusion.

    Roberta Kaplan, lead counsel in the Campaign for Southern Equality’s case and the attorney who successfully argued against the Defense of Marriage Act before the Supreme Court, issued a statement saying she would seek to have the entire circuit court hear the case, an “en banc” review.

    No matter the outcome, the case will likely be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court (which, of course, may or may not take it up).

    In its 2014 Hobby Lobby decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled that the arts and crafts chain, and thus any closely-held corporation, could refuse to offer certain forms of contraception in its employer health care plan based on the religious beliefs of the owners, Justice Anthony Kennedy, in his concurrence, appeared to limit “religious liberty” claims in a way that some LBGT legal experts believed would protect LGBT people and other groups from discrimination.

    The high court had in that case affirmed a decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. But Justice Neil Gorsuch, who then was on the 10th Circuit and wrote the Hobby Lobby decision, unlike Justice Kennedy later on, was very broad in his decision favoring “religious liberty,” offering no caveats, prompting Lamda Legal to deem him “unacceptable” and “hostile” to LGBT rights. For that reason he’s been viewed as a threat to LGBT rights on the Supreme Court, even though some of his former clerks and friends are gay and have implied he would protect LGBT rights.

    Thus, it could be a test for the Supreme Court and the issue of religious exemptions to LGBT rights, as well as the first indication of the reach of Gorsuch’s view of religious liberty.

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AND THEN FIGHT BACK!!

We need more than a new president — we need a new system.

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NoDAPL: Protest Wells Fargo

Friday, April 7 at 3:30 PM – 5 PM
111 Washington St, Middletown, CT 06457-2817, United States
Middletown residents have been protesting week after week at Wells Fargo, adding to the international pressure on Wells Fargo and other banks to stop funding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project that threatens the land, water, and sovereignty of the Standing Rock Sioux and surrounding indigenous communities in North Dakota.

Now, we plan to ramp up our efforts and bring more people than ever to the Middletown branch. We will disrupt business as usual until Wells Fargo stops funding DAPL.

We’re in solidarity with groups such as Red Warrior Society and other water protectors and indigenous warriors who have been taking direct action to block the DAPL and other fossil fuel infrastructure. They have faced dogs, pepper spray, and imprisonment while struggling against ecological chaos and colonial violence.

Indigenous leaders have called for ongoing actions against DAPL and have said Wells Fargo is a strategic bank on which to focus. See everydayofaction.org and http://www.defunddapl.org/ for more information.

This action is organized jointly by
Wesleyan Coalition for Divestment and Transparency,
Students Against the Fossil Fuel Industry and Dragonfly Climate Collective, along with other Middletown residents. Contact us if you would like to co-sponsor.

Trump Administration Attacks LGBT Community On Three Fronts Over Last 24 Hours

 by Dan Savage Mar 29, 2017

There are, unbelievably, some “Gays for Trump” out there. I would ask one of them to comment on what the Trump administration has been up to over the last 24 hours… but homosexuals for homophobes didn’t have anything coherent to say the day before yesterday and I can’t imagine they have anything coherent to say this morning. Anyway, in the last 24 hours…

Expectations that the 2020 census might start including LGBTQ subjects were raised and then quickly dashed on Tuesday after the U.S. Census admitted that it had “inadvertently” included “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” in a long-awaited report outlining new categories for the survey. In response, GLAAD’s CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, branded the move as a “systematic effort on behalf of the Trump administration to erase LGBT people.” Last year, various federal agencies urged the Census Bureau to include sexual orientation and gender in their data as it was crucial to their role in enforcing the law. The survey, which has been conducted every ten years since 1790, includes a wide range of questions designed to gather data on everything from languages spoken to household plumbing facilities.

An executive order President Trump signed Monday has gutted the LGBT protections President Obama implemented for employees of federal contractors — as well as many other protections those workers enjoyed. Trump rescinded the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order, also known as Executive Order 13673, that President Obama issued in 2014. That order required companies wishing to contract with the federal government to show that they’ve complied with various federal laws and other executive orders. Notably, Obama issued that order in tandem with Executive Order 13672, which prohibited contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This means that there is no way to enforce the LGBT protections granted in 13672..

President Donald Trump’s administration has proposed cutting $1.23 billion this fiscal year from research funded by the National Institutes of Health, according to a White House document sent to congressional appropriators…. A worldwide initiative to help people with HIV and AIDS, known as PEPFAR and heavily focused on patient treatment in Africa, would be slashed by almost $300 million under the plan. The savings would be found by slowing the rate of new patients put on treatment and reducing support to “low-performing countries.” States also would face a $50 million cut that would target “less effective HIV research and prevention activities.”

Short notes: Furbirdsqueerly

next up:   The First Amendment Defense Act: See HERE.

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next up: The removal.

 

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The issue is one of marginalizing, ignoring, denying, omitting, erasing, and then their version of a final solution. Anyone ready for a fight? Put nothing past the Christian Taliban.

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Coming to New Haven on Friday March 31, 2017

New Haven AntiFascists posted an update:

Be at the green (Church St and Chapel St) 4:30 to 5:30 on Friday.

note:  The transphobic hate speech bus has changed their schedule and plans to be in the Elm City TOMORROW! Join us from 4:30-5:30 at the corner of Church St and Chapel St on the Green to give them a nice ol’ welcome!

If you happen to see the bus throughout the day, please keep folks updated and respond how you see fit!
UPDATE:  IT CAME, DROVE AROUND FOR AWHILE AND LEFT.

Initial reports are that we just SHUT DOWN TRANSPHOBIA in New Haven and that the bus is currently on it’s way to Philly! Amazing show by everyone, all around but BE VIGILANT in case they decide to circle back and return to our city!

Also note that this bigot bus was escorted by NHPD! Who are they really protecting?

SOME GREAT PEOPLE FOLLOWING THE BUS

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POSTING FROM NEW HAVEN INPEDENDENT Anti-Trans Bus Transitions to Philly

Check out more posts HERE.

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Banner in New Haven out to block the bus of hate.

for more info go to HERE.