WASHINGTON DC – Today, US Congressman Mike Honda (CA-15), Ranking Member of the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, sent a letter to the Subcommittee’s Chairman calling for a hearing to shine light on the House Republican Leadership’s irresponsible, backdoor use of taxpayer money to pay the private law firm Bancroft PLLC to represent the House in support of the constitutionally-questionable Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). After having Bancroft PLLC blow through the original cap of half a million dollars, the House Republican Leadership recently modified the contract, likely tripling the cost for the American taxpayer to $1.5 million. During a time of professed fiscal responsibility, the House Republican Leadership has chosen to continue to spend taxpayer money to protect discrimination through a process that has lacked any semblance of transparency.
- House Republicans ignore jobs bill while tripling funding for defense of anti-gay legislation (dailykos.com)
- DOMA Repeal Moves Forward In Senate (huffingtonpost.com)
- House Speaker John Boehner Triples DOMA Defense Budget (towleroad.com)
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KTLA) — A woman is under arrest after police say she drugged her husband, cut off his penis and threw it into the garbage disposal.
Garden Grove police were sent to the home in the 14000 block of Flower Street around 9 p.m. Monday night after a woman called 911 for a medical emergency, according to Lt. Jeff Nightengale. When officers arrived, they found a man bleeding from the crotch area.
The woman, identified as Catherine Kieu Becker, 48, the victim’s wife, had put an unknown type of poison and/or drug into her husband’s food to make him sleepy, according to Nightengale. She then tied him to the bed. When he woke up, she cut off his penis with a knife, investigators said. She then tossed the penis in the garbage disposal and turned it on.
Becker is under arrest, charged with aggravated mayhem, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, administering a drug with intent to commit a felony, poisoning and spousal abuse. She is currently being held at the Orange County jail.
- Woman accused of slicing off husband’s penis (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
The Obama administration’s recent position is that the federal law forbidding government recognition of same-sex unions is unconstitutional. Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said government lawyers decided this week that letting gay and lesbian couples jointly petition for bankruptcy protection is consistent with that stance.
“The Department of Justice has informed bankruptcy courts that it will no longer seek dismissal of bankruptcy petitions filed jointly by same-sex debtors who are married under state law,” Schmaler said.
- Feds won’t fight bankruptcy by married gay couples (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Obama administration: Man-woman marriage definition is unconstitutional (thenewstribune.com)
- Bucks: Companies That Make Gay Couples Marry to Get Benefits (bucks.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Cambridge, Mass. To Pay Married Gay Couples More (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Same Sex Marriage and Bankruptcy (johntorresbrooklyn.wordpress.com)
San Francisco – … [Today] … the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit… [upheld] …an order preventing gay and lesbian couples from marrying in California. That original order, issued in August 2010, stayed the injunction issued by the US District Court that barred further enforcement of Proposition 8.
The US District Court [had] declared Proposition 8—which eliminated marriage rights for same-sex couples—unconstitutional and “gravely harmful” and ordered the State to cease all enforcement of it.
The Montana state legislature has introduced legislation which effectively bans municipalities from exceeding protected classes as defined by the Montana Human Rights Act. The effect is it would nullify Missoula’s ordinance protecting LGBT citizens from housing and employment discrimination. It’s interesting to see a state which historically shun’s federal intervention doing the same thing they argue against to their own cities.
HELENA, Mont. — The Montana State House Judiciary Committee on Monday approved a bill that would prohibit local municipalities from enacting ordinances that include, as a protected class from discrimination, any groups not included under the Montana Human Rights Act.
The measure, House Bill 516, would effectively nullify the city of Missoula’s 2010 ordinance that protects its LGBT citizens from employment, housing and other forms of discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Watch: Fierce Debate Over LGBT Civil Rights Bills in Montana (towleroad.com)
- Montana House Panel Approves Disgusting Anti-LGBT Bill Prohibiting Local Non-Discrimination Statutes (towleroad.com)
- Midvale City becomes the 11th Utah City to Pass Ordinance Banning Housing and Employment Discrimination for LGBT Residents (releasedorothy.wordpress.com)