Civil Rights & Social Justice

A George H.W. Bush Appointee Rules in Favor of Birth Control Mandate

In another legal victory for the Obama Administration, the birth control mandate has been ruled on and found that it does not violate religious freedom.
Justice Carol Jackson, Missouri, was appointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1992 has ruled on this issue brought to court by Frank O'Brien, the owner of O'Brien Industrial Holdings. He filed a lawsuit in March claiming that the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare violated his, first amendment right, freedom of religion by mandating that the health insurance company his company goes through cover employees' contraceptive use, according to Courthouse News Service.
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Is Religious Extremism Behind Recent OK State Health Decisions?

The war on women continues here in Oklahoma.
On Thursday, the Tulsa World reported that the Oklahoma Department of Health will no longer allow three Planned Parenthood facilities in Tulsa to participate in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.
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Debate: MN Voter Restriction Amendment-Full Video

MN Voter Restriction Constitutional Amendment Debate-Full Video from The UpTake.  
Minnesota is considering a constitutional amendment that would put in place the most restrictive voter restriction laws in the country. Minnesota Majority?s Dan McGrath arguing for the amendment and Doran Schrantz of ISAIAH arguing on behalf of Our Vote Our Future against the amendment. Debate Minnesota organized the event that happened at Metro State University i...
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Republicans Have to Rely on Voter Suppression to Win

There is a reason Republicans have been pushing for vote restrictions nationwide. Its the same reason Republican are doing everything to suppress the vote in states they control. When fewer people vote, Republicans win.
In Minnesota, Republicans have known for a long time that they can't win a statewide vote. Tim Pawlenty won the Governor's seat twice with 44.37% in 2002 and
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Kountze High Cheerleaders Win The Right To Pray Another Day

Today a Governor Perry appointed District Judge in Hardin County extended a temporary restraining order allowing Kountze cheerleaders to display religious banners in their official capacity during football games, at least until Oct. 14th.
The controversy started a few weeks ago after a complaint was filed with KISD officials about the signs. After consultation with the districts attorney, backed by Texas Association of School Boards, the district ban...
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CO Governor Hickenlooper Joined Planned Parenthood's 'Ask Mitt' Rally on Eve of Debate

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, never one to identify himself too closely with controversial or partisan causes, gave a short speech defending a woman's right to choose Tuesday afternoon at a rally organized by Planned Parenthood ahead of Wednesday night's first presidential debate here.
A late addition to the slate of speakers at the group's "Ask Mitt" rally on the Auraria Campus, Hickenlooper criticized Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who stated earlier this year that he wanted to "get rid of" Planned Parenthood.
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Study in DOMA Constitutionality Defense Shown to be Influenced by Conservative Funders

When University of Texas professor Mark Regnerus released a study this summer portraying gay parents in a negative light, he insisted that the conservative funders who backed the research had no involvement in how it was designed, implemented, or interpreted.
But recently emerging evidence shows that a scholar affiliated at the time with the Witherspoon Institute — the socially conservative think tank that supplied the bulk of Regnerus’ funding — did indeed play a role carrying out and analyzing the study.
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California Bans 'Gay Cure' Therapy for Teens

California Bans 'Gay Cure' Therapy for Teens
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill banning "gay cure" therapy for teenagers...
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Intel's Donation Fund to Require Boy Scout Troops to Sign Nondiscrimination Pledge

Intel has revealed new details about its plan to exclude organizations that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation from its corporate giving, a move that could cost some Boy Scout troops thousands of dollars in donations.
In September, a TAI report showed that the company had given $700,000 to various Boy Scout groups in 2010 through its “Intel Involved” volunteer matching grant program — despite the Scouts’ policy excluding gays and lesbians.
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Voter ID Laws Are Being Thwarted Nationwide

Republican efforts to suppress and restrict voting for Americans is not going particularly well. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott can't seem to find any non-citizen voters. A Pennsylvania judge put a hold to a key part of Republicans restriction efforts. And in Minnesota, yet another paper explained to its readers how expensive the vote restriction constitutional amendment will be.
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