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Supreme Court Instructs Liberty Counsel to Refer to Transgender Teen Gavin Grimm as Male



Liberty Counsel Chastised for Its Juvenile Disregard for the Rules and for Gavin Grimm

Gavin Grimm is a teenaged boy, a high school senior who has been suing his local school board for barring him from using boys’ restrooms and forcing him to use a converted janitors’ closet instead. Grimm is transgender and his case has now reached the Supreme Court.

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court slapped down Liberty Counsel, the anti-gay hate group that parades around as a conservative Christian law firm – they’re the folks who represented Kim Davis and falsely claimed that 100,000 Christians in Lima, Peru held a prayer rally for the Kentucky county clerk.

In a letter to Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver (photo above), posted to Twitter Saturday morning by the ACLU, which is representing Grimm, the Clerk of the Supreme Court instructs the Christian law firm to refer to Grimm as male, which they had not in their amicus brief court filing.

The folks at Liberty Counsel actually went out of their way to change the pronouns used in the official court caption of the case.

“It has come to the attention of this office,” the Supreme Court letter to Staver reads, “that the cover of your amicus brief in this case identifies the respondent as ‘G.G., by her Next Friend and Mother, Deirdre Grimm.’ In fact , the caption for the case in this Court, as in the lower courts, identifies the respondent as ‘G.G., by his Next Friend and Mother, Deirdre Grimm. (Emphasis added.)”

“Please ensure careful compliance with this requirement in this and other cases in the future,” the letter concludes.

While this is likely a technical issue and has no bearing on the outcome of his upcoming case, it’s nice to see Liberty Counsel chastised for its juvenile disregard for the rules and for Gavin Grimm, and for that to be officially recorded by the nation’s highest court.

Staver’s Liberty Counsel is also representing international anti-LGBT preacher Scott Lively, who is charged with crimes against humanity, and Alabama’s Roy Moore who, for the second time, lost his job as that state’s Supreme Court chief justice. 

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Limbaugh: ‘Nice Guy’ Trump Called and Told Me to Not Apologize for My Anti-Gay Comments About Pete Buttigieg



Rush Limbaugh, who recently was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, days later turned around and made nasty, homophobic comments about Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his marriage to his husband Chasten.

According to the 69-year old Limbaugh who has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, President Trump quickly heard his remarks or heard of them, and called him to tell him to not apologize.

“Hell, the president even called me about this,” Limbaugh told listeners of his syndicated radio show on Monday, as Media Matters reports. “The president checks in every now and then to see how I’m doing. He’s such a nice guy. And he called. It’s uncanny. I’m — Do I respond to him? Yeah. No, I try to reply to all of them, Dawn. I’m not going to be able to, but he calls, and yeah — powerful, influential member of the media, folks. I have got the White House private number in my phone, so when the White House calls, it says there on my phone,” Limbaugh said, making sure his supporters know just how “powerful” and “influential” he is.

“And so, invariably, it’s uncanny. He calls when I am moments away from commencing a medical procedure,” Limbaugh continues. “And I had to tell doctors, ‘You’ve got to give me a half-hour, the president’s calling.’ ‘OK, we’ll wait a half-hour.’ Then I told the White House, “Look, I’ve got a medical procedure in 10 minutes. Can you have the president call me back in 35?’ And they did. So, he called back, and he said ‘Rush, I just got to tell you something. Never apologize, don’t ever –‘ and I said, ‘For what?'”

Related: Buttigieg Blasts Trump Allies’ Homophobia: ‘I’m Not Going to Be Lectured on Family Values From the Likes of Rush Limbaugh

Of course, the timing doesn’t seem to add up. If the doctors gave him a half hour for a “medical procedure” why would he tell the White House to have Trump call him back in 35 minutes? Also, the level of gall is tremendous – who tells the President of the United States to call them back later?

But the point is clear: Trump supports anti-LGBTQ hatred and bigotry – according to Rush Limbaugh, Medal of Freedom honoree.

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Trump to Grant Clemency to Former Giuliani Partner and Disgraced NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik



In what appears to be the third act of executive forgiveness President Donald Trump will sign this week the former, disgraced NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, a friend and former partner of Rudy Giuliani, will be granted clemency, CNBC reports.

All these pardons and commutations appear to be sending a strong message that despite his claim to be a strong anti-corruption president Trump is more than willing to protect friends and others who have committed crimes similar to those he has been accused of.

Trump earlier Tuesday commuted the sentence of a former co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers who was convicted of a felony for not reporting extortion and bribery. He had bribered a governor $400,000 for a gambling-related license.

Trump is also expected to now commute the sentence of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat.


Image of Kerik by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license

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In Yet Another Apparent Message Trump Expected to Commute Sentence of Ex-Governor Who Wanted to Sell Obama’s Senate Seat



President Donald Trump apparently isn’t finished signing pardons. Earlier Tuesday he commuted the sentence of the former San Francisco 49ers co-owner who was convicted of not reporting extortion and bribery. Now Trump is expected to commute the sentence of former Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was caught on tape wanting to sell the Senate seat of then-president elect Barack Obama, ABC News reports.

Blagojevich called the seat “fucking valuable thing,” saying he was not just going to give it away for nothing.

Trump appears to be issuing pardons for felons who have committed criminal acts similar to those he has been accused of.

Trump was impeached in December for his extortion of Ukraine.

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