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Chaos at Virginia Legislature After Pastor Recites Antigay Prayer
A minister’s prayer condemning same-sex marriage and abortion caused some members of the Virginia House of Delegates to walk out Tuesday and the speaker of the House to slam her gavel and cut him off.
He told House members that they risked God’s wrath for not following the Bible. He denounced abortion, saying, “All life is precious and worthy of a chance to be born.”
“And why are there so many abortion clinics near African-American communities?” he added. “This is planned urban genocide, and you can change this.”
“Marriage is to join a biological male and a biological female in holy matrimony, not to provoke the Almighty God,” he said. “Without laws to protect traditional marriage, Virginia will be reduced to increased fatherless children and welfare victims and homelessness, a tax burden to us all.”
Priest refuses communion to state lawmakers who voted for pro-abortion bill
A Rhode Island priest is refusing to serve Holy Communion to state lawmakers who supported a pro-abortion bill.
In 2019, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed a bill preserving federal abortion protections into state law. According to U.S. News and World Report, the law says that Rhode Island will not restrict a woman's right to abortion "prior to fetal viability or afterward if an abortion is necessary for the health or life of the mother."
What are the details?
According to the Providence Journal, the Rev. Richard Bucci, 72, passed out flyers at West Warwick, Rhode Island's Sacred Heart Church publicly highlighting all state lawmakers who voted on a pro-abortion bill.
Bucci also said that these lawmakers will not be able to serve as marriage witnesses, godparents, or lectors at church-sponsored events.
Delaware GOP Chair Resigns After Facebook Comment That ‘Faggots Cannot Handle Reality’
Chris Rowe, the chair of Delaware’s New Castle County Republican Committee resigned on Friday after using an anti-gay slur on Facebook. “Faggots cannot handle reality,” said Rowe in response to a follower’s comment.
The AP reports: “New Castle County Republican Party Chairman Chris Rowe said he agreed to resign after GOP chairwoman Jane Brady called him Wednesday and asked him to step down from the appointed position. Rowe told The Associated Press that he made the decision ‘begrudgingly and only under duress.'”
Alleged Christian domestic terrorist regularly posted anti-LGBTQ content online
Arizona Republican introduces bill to ban the word “homosexuality” from public schools
Arizona senator drops plans to ban the word “homosexuality” from schools
A Pregnant Woman in Alabama Was Shot in the Stomach. Police Charged Her for Her Fetus’ Death.
An Alabama woman has been arrested and charged with manslaughter over the fatal shooting of her unborn child — but she didn’t fire the gun that ended her pregnancy.
Now, reproductive health advocates worry what those charges mean for women in a state where abortion has been severely restricted and fetuses have been given legal standing.
The mother, Marshae Jones, 27, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday, according to AL.com. The manslaughter charge against her stems from an altercation outside of a Dollar General in 2018, when Jones was five months pregnant. She and a 23-year-old woman allegedly fought about the unborn baby’s father. It’s unclear who started the altercation, but police ultimately blamed Jones, who was shot in the stomach.
Ecuador's highest court legalizes same-sex marriage
Ecuador's highest court has ruled to recognize same-sex marriage, marking a watershed moment for LGBTQ rights in the Catholic-majority country.
Judges on Quito's constitutional court ruled five-to-four on Wednesday to overhaul the country's laws, arguing that its current marriage legislation was discriminatory and unconstitutional, and that same-sex couples should be allowed equal rights.
The four dissenting judges said that changes to the Ecuadorean constitution should be decided and approved by the government and not the court.
Ecuador's National Assembly will still be required to officially change the laws that define the institution of marriage. Constitutional lawyer Salim Zaidán told CNN, however, that Wednesday's verdict was binding and that same-sex couples would be able to marry as soon as the constitutional court notifies local government offices of their decision. The court has 10 days to do so.
Abortion rights are LGBTQ rights
‘My Little Pony’ To Introduce A Lesbian Couple This Weekend
'I Effectively Have Become an Instrument of State Abuse of Power': Abortion in Missouri Now
In Missouri, where the state’s last remaining abortion clinic is in a legal battle to keep its doors open, Republicans have imposed another invasive and unnecessary requirement for anyone obtaining an abortion: now, patients must undergo a pelvic exam at least 72 hours prior to the procedure.
A pelvic exam “includes putting your fingers and other instruments in the vagina, when really that gives no medical information,” Dr. Colleen McNicholas of the St. Louis Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services, Missouri’s last abortion clinic, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “It doesn’t do anything to help the patient, or myself, choose what is the best approach for their abortion care.”
Strict US Anti-Abortion Laws Forced a Woman to Give Birth to a Baby Without a Skull
State lawmakers voted to force ‘chemical castration’ on sex offenders. Medical experts urge caution.
A bill in Alabama awaiting the governor’s signature would require people convicted of certain sex offenses to undergo “chemical castration” as a condition of parole — a requirement meant to keep perpetrators from committing similar crimes.
The proposed law, passed by the state legislature, says a judge must order anyone convicted of a sex offense involving a child under the age of 13 to start receiving testosterone-inhibiting medication a month before their release from prison. Most offenders would have to pay for their treatment, which would be administered by the Department of Public Health, until a judge decides the medication is no longer necessary.
Phil Murphy’s office botched staffer’s sex assault claim: panel
A 12-year-old girl who was raped and impregnated in Guam can't have an abortion because there are no providers in the US territory
14-Year-Old Victim Helps Police Bust Human Trafficking Operation
Men and Abortion
Emboldened by the placement of two Conservative justices on the Supreme Court, state legislatures have begun racing to become the test case for overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade case. Alabama has passed perhaps the most extreme of these laws, effectively banning all abortions without exception. Georgia’s law appears to cover miscarriages as well as abortions. Quite a few other states have passed or are working on legislation that appear to be on-their-face violations of the Roe v. Wade decision.
I’ve noticed that, on my social media stream, so many men are as silent as they were during the peak of #MeToo. It’s understandable that men would want to step aside and let women do most of the talking, and we should. However, we shouldn’t be completely silent.
So what should we say?
The Good Men Project
Recent abortion bans will impact poor people and people of color most
Why So Many Women Choose Abortion Over Adoption
A Look At The Staggering Sexual Harassment Numbers In The Legal Profession
A new international survey reveals that sexual harassment in the legal profession is truly at epidemic proportions. The survey, with almost 7,000 respondents, was conducted by the International Bar Association and market research company Acritas and asked both lawyers and nonlawyers in the legal profession from 135 countries questions about sexual harassment and bullying within the industry. The results are disheartening, to say the least.
Over a third of women — 36.6 percent of women and 7.4 percent of men — say they’ve been victims of sexual harassment. When in comes to bullying nearly 1 in 2 women say they’ve been a target, compared with 1 in 3 men who say the same.
Above The Law
Furious mob tie a man and his female cousins to a tree, brutally thrash them with ropes and sticks and 'molest the two women' for helping him run off with a married woman in India
At least one in three Alaska villages has no local law enforcement. Sexual abuse runs rampant, public safety resources are scarce, and Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants to cut the budget.
Third of women in survey ‘taken advantage of sexually’ while drunk or high
Sex slave driver, 57, is found guilty of keeping two Thai woman as prostitutes against their will
Father Catches Man Sexually Assaulting 13-Year-Old Son At Home
Why the Anti-Abortion Movement Stopped Making Allowances for Rape and Incest
DAYS BEFORE GRADUATION, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SENIOR ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY SEXUALLY ASSAULTING STUDENT AT FRATERNITY TWO YEARS PRIOR
Days before he was set to graduate college, a University of Illinois senior was arrested and charged with sexual assault, stemming from an incident that allegedly happened nearly two years prior.
Atilcan Malak, 22, was booked into the Champaign County, Illinois, jail on Wednesday, according to records from the sheriff’s office. His bail was set at $250,000 and records indicated he has not been released. Malak was charged with criminal sexual assault and has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for July 2.
On August 24, 2017, Malak allegedly committed a sexual act with a woman who was unable to consent at the Acacia fraternity, according to the News-Gazette. Acacia is a social fraternity and has a chapter house at the University of Illinois in Champaign, a college town located about two hours west of Indianapolis and a few hours south of Chicago.
California Child Molester Who Allegedly Faked Death To Avoid Prison Found In Florida Storage Container
Naked New Jersey Man Allegedly Attacks Baby In Stroller While High On PCP
Second-Degree Murder Charges And 11-Year Old Rape Victims Being Without Access To Abortions: The Scary Reality Of America's 'Fetal Heartbeat' Law
PRIESTS NOW OBLIGATED TO REPORT SUSPICIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE, POPE FRANCIS SAYS IN NEW LAW
Republican suggests supporters of same-sex marriage and abortion should be killed
A Washington state politician has suggested in a manifesto that those who support abortion and same-sex marriage should be killed.
The shocking suggestion was included in a document by a member of the Washington House of Representatives, Matt Shea.
The Republican politician, in fact, admitted that he wrote and distributed a four-page document called the Biblical Basis for War. The document also includes 14 sections on how biblical war would unfold.
Gay Star News
Hundreds Arrested in Multiday Protests of Supreme Court Nominee
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing in the Senate this week was frequently disrupted as protesters were removed from the hearing room by police, with more than 200 people arrested.
Protesters are removed during the fourth day of Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 7, 2018.
In an unusually intense episode of civil disobedience on Capitol Hill, the four-day Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was targeted for “creative resistance” by liberal activist groups, said Linda Sarsour, Women's March board member.
“This is a travesty of justice! Adjourn the hearing!” Sarsour, 38, yelled on Tuesday morning as she was the first to be taken out of the hearing room by police officers.
Obama calls on California to rise up against ‘anger and division’ of Trump and GOP
Gay Man Loses Mass. Congressional Bid; Homophobe Bested in Gov's Race
Former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford, who is gay, finished out of the running in Tuesday’s Massachusetts primary as he sought to become the Democratic nominee for Congress in the state’s Third District.
And homophobic minister Scott Lively failed to win the Republican nomination for Massachusetts governor, although he received a surprising 36 percent of the vote in the primary, which is being credited to his support of Donald Trump.
Anti-LGBTI politician Jon Kyl chosen to replace the late John McCain
Alyssa Milano Rails Against Trump's SCOTUS Pick: "We Are in Crazy Times"
Alyssa Milano on Saturday spoke out sharply against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh and suggested tactics for winning what she admitted was a "tough" battle against his appointment when she stopped by Los Angeles' "Rise Up for Roe" event.
The Insatiable and Charmed actress argued that Kavanaugh puts the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade in jeopardy, and said that it is "fucking absurd" that women need to fight to save it in 2018.
Kavanaugh was nominated by President Trump to fill the vacancy left by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy when he retires in the fall. Though analysts have widely reported that it's unclear how Kavanaugh would rule on issues of abortion if appointed to office, activists including Milano point to a 2017 speech in which the judge praised late Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Kavanaugh's decision-making on a case involving a pregnant teen immigrant as proof that he will erode Roe v. Wade rights.
"We can't normalize this. This is crazy. We are in crazy times," Milano said.
Woman Says Flight Crew Made 'Jokes' After a Man Masturbated Next to Her
Partway through Genevieve Pascolla's flight from London to Chicago earlier this month, she woke up from a nap to a mortifying sight. With his body covered by a blanket, the man sitting next to her appeared to be masturbating—and somehow, even after she jumped out of her seat and got away from him, things only got worse from there.
A 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL IS IMPRISONED FOR ABORTION AFTER HER BROTHER RAPED HER REPEATEDLY
The Government Is Giving 10-Year-Old Migrant Girls Pregnancy Tests