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[Image text]: “Every health benefit policy that is delivered, issued, executed, or renewed in this state or approved for issuance or renewal in this state by the Insurance Commissioner on or after the effective date of this subchapter that provides coverage for prescription drugs on an outpatient basis shall provide coverage for prescribed drugs or devices approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for use as a contraceptive.” 
Behold, the Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage Act, signed by then-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2005. A rational law, mandating the coverage of contraception by health insurance providers in Arkansas.
Fast forward nine years later, and government mandates about contraceptive coverage are because “Uncle Sugar” thinks women are libidinous moochers. So which is it, Mike Huckabee?
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2005/R/Acts/Act2217.pdf

[Image text]: “Every health benefit policy that is delivered, issued, executed, or renewed in this state or approved for issuance or renewal in this state by the Insurance Commissioner on or after the effective date of this subchapter that provides coverage for prescription drugs on an outpatient basis shall provide coverage for prescribed drugs or devices approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for use as a contraceptive.”

Behold, the Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage Act, signed by then-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2005. A rational law, mandating the coverage of contraception by health insurance providers in Arkansas.

Fast forward nine years later, and government mandates about contraceptive coverage are because “Uncle Sugar” thinks women are libidinous moochers. So which is it, Mike Huckabee?

http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2005/R/Acts/Act2217.pdf

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Florida Man Cites 'Bush Doctrine' After Pre-emptive Killing of Neighbors at Labor Day Cookout

Meanwhile, in Standyergroundland Florida…

And yes, he did also cite “Stand Your Ground” as a defense. He shot three people, killed two, and amazingly, the lone survivor survived being shot eleven times. 

Standing your ground with eleven shots into a single human being? Really? And citing preemptive war as a defense… I just don’t even know what to say to that.

Christ, this country’s gone mad.

Filed under Stand your ground gun violence Florida politics law lawblr guns William Woodward Titusville what is this I can't even

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Hundreds rally for judge's resignation and judicial review

By noon, the crowd was already pushing 300.

Once the rally began 15 minutes later, nearly 400 people — neighbors and friends, activists, members of the national media and the mother of rape victim Cherice Moralez — watched, cheered, shouted, waved protest signs and called for the resignation of District Court Judge G. Todd Baugh…

On Monday Baugh sentenced former Senior High teacher Stacey Rambold — who pleaded guilty to raping Cherice Moralez, one of his 14-year-old students — to serve 31 days in jail. He received credit for one day already served.

Baugh explained the sentence by saying the victim was “older than her chronological age” and said she had some control over her relationship with the teacher…

Moralez was 14 when she was raped by Rambold. The girl killed herself weeks before her 17th birthday as her sexual relationship with Rambold became a criminal case. Under state law, children younger than 16 cannot consent to sexual intercourse, which makes Rambold’s crime felony rape.

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said he disagrees with the sentence, and that his office has contacted the appellate division of the Montana State Attorney General’s office.

The judge’s justifications of she’s “older than her chronological age” and that the victim is in control are disgusting, and used by child rapists frequently.  She was not in control. Rambold was in a position of authority over her, and he abused that power — not to mention the public trust. Baugh should do the right thing and step down. NOW.

It’s heartening to see Montana folks and others stepping up and demanding justice.

Filed under Rape politics justice injustice G. Todd Baugh Cherice Moralez Montana tw: rape sexual violence rape culture law lawblr Stacey Rambold

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I.R.S. to Recognize All Gay Marriages, Regardless of State

All legally married same-sex couples will be recognized for federal tax purposes, regardless of whether the state where they live recognizes the marriage, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday.

The federal rules change is one of many stemming from the landmark Supreme Court decision in June that struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. That ruling found that same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits, but left open the question of how the federal government would actually administer those benefits.

Precisely the right decision.

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Homelessness is not a crime. I’ve got to have the legal right (to question or take anyone into custody). We can’t just take people to somewhere they don’t want to go. I can’t do that. I won’t do that.

Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago taking a stand on the city council’s plan to criminalize homelessness in downtown Columbia, S.C. by pushing the homeless to a shelter just barely in the city limits. 

According to The State, Santiago also said his department cannot transport homeless adults to the riverfront shelter to get services nor will police tell them they would be charged with a nuisance offense should they refuse. The law, which is likely unconstitutional, aims to bus the homeless out of the downtown area to a shelter that would have infrequent transportation services and require signing in and out. 

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Five ‘Stand Your Ground’ Cases You Should Know About

From last year — while George Zimmerman ultimately dropped his “Stand Your Ground” claim under the advice of counsel, ProPublica complied a list of interesting (and frightening) cases that fall under the “Stand Your Ground” umbrella. 

And while Zimmerman ultimately did not invoke it as a defense, the instructions to the jury still contained “Stand Your Ground” language.

Filed under George Zimmerman Trayvon Martin politics law ProPublica news Stand Your Ground

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Just like you can’t run into a theater and yell ‘fire’ when it’s not on fire, you can’t run into a crowded bingo hall and yell ‘bingo’ when there isn’t one… He seemed to think he could say whatever he wanted because it was a public building. I tried to explain that that’s not the case. Just because it’s a public building doesn’t give you the right to run into a theater and yell ‘fire.’ You can’t go into a ballpark and yell ‘out,’ because people could stop the game.

Police Sgt. Richard Webster of Covington, Ky. on the interruption of a heated bingo game by an 18-year-old prankster. Austin Whaley dashed into a bingo hall filled with elderly women and yelled “Bingo!” This caused  "alarm to patrons", and once people realized it wasn’t a real bingo, according to Webster, “[T]hey started hooting and hollering and yelling and cussing. People take their bingo very seriously.”

Whaley received no jail time, but is legally barred from saying the word “bingo” for six months. 

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Republican Lawmaker Wants to Jail Rape Victims for Ending Pregnancies

I wish I were kidding…

Apparently it took a female Republican to come up with the most vicious way to punish women who had the audacity to get themselves raped.

Wednesday, state representative Cathrynn Brown of New Mexico introduced a bill whose sheer audacity makes Todd Akin look as harmless as an ill-informed teenager groping his way through puberty.

The proposed legislation, House Bill 206, would make it illegal for a woman to have an abortion after being raped because the fetus is evidence of the crime. A women who does choose to have an abortion would be charged with the third-degree felony of “tampering with evidence,” which carries up to a three year prison sentence in New Mexico.

As the bill states:

"Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime."

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No, really…

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This is horrifying. Completely horrifying. 

Filed under Rape New Mexico politics law you are a horrible human being anti-choice abortion pro-choice reproductive rights

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Check out this video directed by my friend Will Welch, and edited/produced by me! It’s called “Out in Wyoming: LGBT Advocacy in the Cowboy State” and gives a summary of what’s coming up in this legislative session, advice from Wyoming state legislators on advocacy, plus instructions on lobbying and communicating with your state legislators — even if you don’t live in Wyoming. (Yes, it’s a little long, but we worked really hard, it’s entertaining, and YouTube has a pause button.)

However, if you know people who live in Wyoming, live in Wyoming yourself, or live near Wyoming, definitely share this video. We have a domestic partnership bill, a marriage equality bill, and a non-discrimination bill going to their respective committees on Monday beginning at noon. We’ll also be demonstrating in front of the state house starting at 9 AM in favor of equality on Monday, January 28. If you live close enough to Cheyenne to get to the state house, DO IT!

This action alert from Wyoming Equality’s Jeran Artery gives point-by-point instructions on what you can do to help. We have an excellent chance of passing non-discrimination and domestic partnership bills in Wyoming this year! If you live in Laramie, we’re phone banking tomorrow in the UW Union RRC from 4pm-7pm. It’s mobilizing constituents around the pro-LGBT bills in the legislature. All the bills have bipartisan support. Here’s the bills, with Republican sponsors in bold:

HOUSE BILL NO. HB 168 Domestic partnerships-rights and responsibilities
Sponsored by: Representative(s) Connolly, Byrd, GingeryGreenePetroff, Throne, Wallis and Zwonitzer, Dn. and Senator(s) Burns, Craft, Rothfuss and Von Flatern (5 Democrats; 7 Republicans)

HOUSE BILL NO. HB 169 Marriage-definition 
Sponsored by: Representative(s) Connolly, Byrd, GingeryPetroff, Throne, Wallis and Zwonitzer, Dn. and Senator(s) Craft and Rothfuss (5 Democrats; 4 Republicans)

SENATE FILE NO. SF 131 Discrimination
Sponsored by: Senator(s) Rothfuss,Burns, Case, Craft, Esquibel, F., Hastert and Von Flatern and Representative(s) Blake, Brown, Connolly, Gingery, Greene, Petroff, Wallis and Zwonitzer, Dn(6 Democrats; 9 Republicans)

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE — pass it on! And thank you! 

Cheers,
Meg

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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