Posts tagged legislation
Posts tagged legislation
Conservatives keep trying to use America’s religious freedom as a way to limit everyone else’s rights.
The bill’s scope was impressive in its expansiveness: Kansans would have been able to legally refuse to provide just about any service to anyone whose relationship they dislike for religious reasons, and could have refused to provide services “related to” any relationship they dislike for religious reasons. The bill specifically enumerated adoption, foster care, counseling, social services, employment and employment benefits, as well as the general categories of “services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods, or privileges”, as permissible areas for discrimination.
In other words, under the bill, any individual Kansan could have hung a “No Gays, No Lesbians, No Dogs” sign on the door of his restaurant. Any individual Kansan could have refused to hire someone, serve someone a drink, rent someone an apartment, sell someone a pair of pants or accommodate someone at a hotel if that someone is gay. Any employer could even have refused to extend insurance coverage to a gay employee’s husband or wife if he thinks same-sex marriage is wrong. Even government employees paid with everyone’s tax dollars would have had carte blanche to discriminate – social workers don’t have to work with gay couples, police officers don’t have to come to the assistance of a gay person in need.
And if a gay person discriminated against by an individual or a private business decided to sue? They would not only lose, but under this bill, they would have had to pay the other side’s attorney’s fees.
Kansas: no one’s at home
Lobbyists for Monsanto and others in the biotech industry have snuck a “poison bill” into a huge spending bill. Regrettably, the larger bill has been approved by Congress. Only the president of the United States can stop it from becoming law.
Section 735, the Monsanto Protection Act, is a small provision snuck into a 841 page “appropriations bill for the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and other departments and agencies for the fiscal year 2013”.
This sneaky provision strips judges of their constitutional mandate to protect American’s health and the environment.
This is a classic example of Washington’s culture of corruption.
Unfortunately, President Obama does not have the option of a line item veto, and the only recourse is for him to veto the entire bill, which is H.R. 933.
The choice is clear. President Obama can veto H.R. 933. Or he can give license to Monsanto and others who genetically engineer foods, enabling them to totally disregard the environment and public health.
Find out more and tell President Obama to Veto H.R. 933 and the Monsanto Protection Act.
One New Mexico Republican has come up with a novel way to try and criminalize abortion in the case of rape or incest: declare the fetus evidence of the sexual assault.
House Bill 206, introduced by state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R), would legally require victims of rape or incest to carry their pregnancies to term, purportedly so that the fetus could be used as evidence for a sex assault trial. Any rape or incest victim who ended her pregnancy would be charged with a third-degree felony for “tampering with evidence.”
Shaunna Prewitt says that as as 21-year-old student at the University of Chicago, she was raped. She became pregnant, and decided to carry the pregnancy to term. Some months after her daughter’s birth, much to her surprise, her alleged attacker (who was not charged) served papers seeking custody of the child.
Like most people, Prewitt had never considered the possibility that her alleged attacker could — or would want to — seek parental rights over the child that was conceived as a result of his crime. Alarmed by and suddenly aware of the limited legal protection afforded to mothers who choose to give birth to children conceived out of rape, Prewitt enrolled in Georgetown Law School, where she wrote a paper on the topic.
Nineteen states have laws restricting the parental rights of men who father through rape. But everywhere else, those men may technically seek parental rights, including visitation and custody.
Rapists Deserve to Have Their Hearts Removed
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, will require IP servers and websites to monitor individual users and prosecute them if suspected of copyright infringements. A major force behind the treaty is the Motion Picture Association of America, and guess what? The United States has already signed it.
We covered the SOPA/PIPA blackout last week pretty thoroughly here at Care2. At first glance, the protest against draconian IP-copyright measures was successful. Led by Wikipedia and joined by a massive number of other creators and website owners, both large and small, the outcry was large enough to cause SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) to be shelved, and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) quickly followed.
But that’s just the United States. While the US Congress- and Senate-initiated proposals have been (temporarily) stopped, an international treaty which has the potential to be just as damaging to Internet privacy and free speech has gone comparatively unnoticed.
For whatever reason, ACTA just hasn’t received the same attention as these other bills. Now with the US already on board for months, Poland having signed just this past week (despite widespread protests across the country), and the European Union signing today, it’s starting to look like a runaway freight train.
Raping the soul of the people, courtesy of the shit-eating retards we elect. Rep Gohmert, Texas GOP is certain our children are being kidnapped by terrorists and cultivated like turnips abroad to return to the USA and like the movie “Salt” the terror babies will infiltrate the CIA. Hollywood educated Gohmert is a sterling example of the vacuous farts we elect. We are making terror babies ourselves in the USA of McVeigh and saving the Taliban and al Qaeda the trouble. Molesting our children openly in public: I wonder if there is anything else worse Americans will put up with from their own government?
Janis Ian Speaks Out on Tennessee Law that voided Nashville’s LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance. Governor Haslam signed the bill on Monday; a spokesman told Bloomberg Businessweek that the governor “had concerns about local governments telling businesses what to do, especially the potential burden on small businesses.” Govenor Haslam is a lying fuck.