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Coincidence Or Clue? Did The Supreme Court Hint At A Friday Marriage Ruling In Favor Of Equality?

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SCOTUS announced an additional date for the potential ruling of the marriage equality cases. Coincidentally, that date is the same date as two other landmark LGBT equality court wins. Coincidence, or clue?

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is expected to announce their ruling on four combined marriage equality cases by the end of the month. We’re coming down to the wire and SCOTUS still has to release opinions on seven more cases including those on marriage equality, Obamacare, lethal injection, the Fair Housing Act, congressional redistricting, sawed-off shotguns, and EPA regulations on power plant emissions.

For the month of June, the Supreme Court releases opinions every Monday at 10AM; however the court can, and often does, add additional opinion days. Even though the additional days most often fall on Thursdays, Friday the 26th was just added as a potential date. The following statement was just posted to the court’s official website:

The Supreme Court has added non-argument sessions for the announcement of opinions on Thursday, June 25, 2015, and Friday, June 26, 2015, at 10 a.m.

While there is no way of knowing the exact date the court will announce their opinion, it is interesting to note that Lawrence v. Texas and Windsor v. U.S., two monumental LGBT equality cases, were both announced on June 26 (2003 and 2013 respectively). Could it be that the LGBT community will get another win this Friday on June 26? Again, there is no way to predict the dates of the actual rulings, but if that were the case, NYC and SF Pride will have a lot more to celebrate this weekend.

Speculation? Of course!

But regardless of the actual decision date, celebration events are popping up across the country as the historical moment inches closer. The Family Equality Council, Freedom to Marry, GLAAD, Marriage Equality USA, and the National LGBTQ Task Force are coordinating these events through the website www.uniteformarriage.org. Coalition partners include big names such as the Human Rights Campaign, the Log Cabin Republicans, the National Black Justice Coalition, PFLAG, the NOH8 Campaign, and many more. New events are being added often, so if you don’t see one listed for your city, check back soon or create one yourself.

Again, even though additional dates can be added later, the current potential announcement dates are June 25, 26, and 29. Mark your calendars!

 

Image by Rich Renomeron via Flickr and a CC license

 

 

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Georgia Republicans Push Bill Banning All Government Mandates of ‘Any Vaccination’ Including in Public Schools

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Georgia Senate Republicans are pushing a bill that would end any requirements for any vaccinations by any state or local government agency or office in the Peach State, including vaccines for children entering public school.

The bill also bans any government agency from requiring private companies or entities from requiring any proof of any vaccination.

The bill, SB 345, was filed on January 14 with five original co-sponsors. It now has 17, including state Senator Jeff Mullis, whose campaign website prominently features photos of him with former Vice President Mike Pence, and former President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr.

“No agency shall require proof of any vaccination of any person as a condition of providing any service or access to any facility, issuing any license, permit, or other type of authorization, or performing any duty of such agency,” the bill’s text reads in part.

Georgia State Law law professor Anthony Michael Kreis posted Georgia’s school vaccine requirements, suggesting those would be optional were the bill to become law.

The CDC recommends a list of about 17 different vaccines children should have before entering school. The list includes inoculations against diseases, often deadly, including Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, Diphtheria, tetanus, & acellular pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, Pneumococcal conjugate, Inactivated poliovirus, Influenza, Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Varicella, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, diphtheria, & acellular pertussis, Human papillomavirus, Meningococcal, Meningococcal B, and Pneumococcal polysaccharide.

 

 

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Watch: Hot Mic Catches Biden Blowing Off Steam With Profane Remark Directed Towards Fox News’ Peter Doocy

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It was not a good day for Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy. First, Press Secretary Jen Psaki was clearly irked by his line of questioning as he tried to make news by framing a rise in crime as something the Biden administration has ignored, despite Fox News promoting Second Amendment “activists” and doing its best to oppose efforts to reduce poverty and efforts to counter societal ills.

Later, after the close of President Biden’s Competitiveness Council meeting, reporters continued to shout questions at the President. Among them Peter Doocy, who carelessly asked the President if rising inflation was a “liability” for the midterm elections.

“It’s a great asset – more inflation. What a stupid son of a bitch,” President Biden appeared to say sarcastically.

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Democratic Congressman Says Tucker Carlson’s Viewers ‘Upset We’re Not Siding With Russia’

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As tensions heat up between the United States and Russia over Vladimir Putin’s unlawful attacks on Ukraine one Democratic Congressman says he’s getting calls from Fox News viewers who think the U.S. should side with Russia.

“My office is now getting calls from folks who say they watch Tucker Carlson and are upset that we’re not siding with Russia in its threats to invade Ukraine, and who want me to support Russia’s ‘reasonable’ positions,” writes Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ).

For nearly three years during the Obama administration, Malinowski served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. He now sits on the House’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Committee on Homeland Security, and Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism.

For years Tucker Carlson has been advancing Russian propaganda, as he did here in November of 2019, only to be forced to walk back his comments later that same evening.

U.S. Naval War College professor Tom Nichols weighed in on Rep. Malinowski’s remarks, observing “Republicans are the Russia Party now.”

“For years,” adds political commentator Jared Yates Sexton, “the American Right has been drawing together with Putinist illiberalism’s antidemocratic, Christian theocratic, white supremacist construction. The divide we have in this country breaks down along these lines. None of this is a surprise or accidental.”

“We’ve been trying to tell you for years now this was happening. The Republican Party and its growing authoritarianism sides with Putin, Orbán, and illiberalism everywhere,” he continues. “It’s an international movement and this Ukraine situation only makes that more clear.”

Propaganda and political warfare historian  and former NATO civilian official Mark R. Jacobson adds: “This is exactly how Russian disinformation/subversion works – they put out a talking point to advance their foreign policy goals & a set of perfidious pundits parrot the point.”

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