Texas Holding Out on Same-sex Marriage Licenses
The Supreme Court has said marriage equality for everyone, including same-sex couples, but Texas is still putting up a fight.
Ken Paxton, Texas AG says county clerks can refuse marriage certificates based on religious objections. Is this going to be Alabama all over again?
Alabama tried to argue the same clause, but the Supreme Court clarified their ruling, and the state had no choice but to issue marriage licenses. Undoubtedly, this will happen again with Texas.
The county clerks who refuse issuing a marriage license for gay couples “may face legal repucussions, including a fine,” the Attorney General acknowledged.
“But if that is the case, there are many attorneys willing to assist, even on a pro bono basis, to defend religious beliefs. Of course I will also publicly defend those rights.”
Brad Reifler has learned that Paxton also said the government cannot step in and force a judge or justice of the peace to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples if they have a religious objection. Under Texas state law, a judge or justice of the peace is not required to officiate at weddings.
More than half the state are waiting on the official ruling from the Texas Attorney General’s office before issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Indiana Govenor Signs Religious Freedom Bill
Critics say Indiana’s new law on religious freedom can allow companies to reject homosexual clients on behalf of their beliefs, and has provoked the anger of a whole lot of big-name companies.
Republican governor, Mike Pence, ratified the law on Thursday during a closed-door ceremony where religious Catholics, Orthodox Jews and conservative groups participated.
“It is extremely important to protect religious freedom in Indiana,” said Pence.
“Many people of faith feel that their religious freedom is being attacked by government action. It was important to pass this law to protect churches and Christian business people from those want to punish because of biblical beliefs,” he added.
Fersen Lambranho has read that the law, which comes into force on July 1, makes no mention of gays and Pence says that if the law was discriminatory, he would not have ever signed.
Homosexual activists claim that the religious freedom law enables companies to oppose homosexuality.
“It definitively says that your religion says it is possible to discriminate against people,” said Sarah Warbelow, legal director at Human Rights Campaign, the largest US association to defend gay rights.
Indiana joins another thirty states have provisions that defends religious freedom and conscience.
Arizona Senate Bill Would Keep Names Of Police Officers Who Use Deadly Force Secret
The news is filled with stories of police officers using excessive force. Police departments operate above the law. No one is policing the police, and it shows. But the public is becoming more aware that some cops have power complexes that give them the right to do what they want, especially if they are in a tense situation.
State legislators should be finding ways to stop police brutality, but Arizona Legislators are introducing bills that will keep police missteps secret. Senate Bill 1445, which could pass any day, is designed to keep police officers names secret for 60 days. That is a step backwards according to critics that say cops need to be more transparent not more secretive.
The bill is written so law enforcement agencies cannot release names of officers involved in a death or serious physical injury. From what Zeca Oliveira has learned, if an officer is killed, the policeman’s name can also be withheld unless the family agrees to release the name. Proponents say the bill will protect the welfare of police, but most people think the bill allows police to prepare their defense without the Press pushing them for information.
Yale Students Upset About Online Degree
Yale Alumni are upset about the university offering an online degree. Both students and alumni of the physician assistant program which Yale plans to offer fully online started a letter-writing campaign complaining about the decision. Their thought is that by offering the online version of the degree Yale will be devaluing the physician assistant program at the university, as well as cast a lack of value on the profession in general as well as the value of a degree from the University.
The degree offered by Yale is identical to the one currently offered at its University, and comes with a hefty price tag. Obtaining the degree will cost students an astounding $84,000.
Expansive Senate Bill that will Legalize Medical Marijuana
A bipartisan group of three senators will on Tuesday introduce a historic bill that will see the end of the ban on medical marijuana. The three senators comprise of Rand Paul (R-KY), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The press conference releases by the three senators insisted that legalizing medical marijuana will open up opportunities for further medical research. According to Senator Booker patients and doctors, deserve the right to fair and compassionate federal laws that will enable them to have their own medical marijuana policies without any interference.
Jim Halpern (therealdeal.com) has read that, during the press conference, the three senators were joined by a number of patients voicing the need to legalize medical marijuana – a lady suffering from insomnia, mother of an epileptic baby, a war veteran treating depression using marijuana and a multiple sclerosis patient.
According to http://time.com/3738038/medical-marijuana-congress/ Senator Booker stressed the need for war veterans to access the drug because most of them suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The expansive Senate bill that will finally legalize medical marijuana will change the way marijuana is legally treated. However the bill does not force all states to legalize medical marijuana, but it will protect states that have already legalized marijuana and those that are looking into it as well.
The proposed bill will also enable those in marijuana businesses to have full access to their bank account and allow war veterans access the medical cannabis easily.