Trump Things: The U.S. is Stuck in the Upside Down

David Cicilline spoke of Trump Things on the House floor referencing the monsters of Stranger Things and the Upside down

Speaking on the floor of the U.S. House yesterday, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) compared the nation under Donald Trump’s rule to being in the Upside Down from Stranger Things. Unlike the show, though, the United States doesn’t have a ruggedly handsome Jim Hopper coming to rescue us. “Mr. Speaker, like the main characters in ‘Stranger Things,’ we are now stuck in the Upside […]

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WA Supreme Court Rules Against Florist Barronelle Stutzman

Barronelle Stutzman

After discriminating against a gay couple and having a public accommodation discrimination complaint successfully levied against her, Arlene’s Flowers owner Barronelle Stutzman fought tooth and nail to retain her right to use religious belief to overrule public accommodation law. She took that fight all the way to the Washington state Supreme Court last year. Today that court ruled unanimously against Stutzman finding she […]

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Kentucky: Transgender Bathroom Bills Dead in the Water

Kentucky Democrat Rick Nelson proposed HB105 and HB 106 - Religious Freedom & Bathroom Bills

Two Kentucky legislature bills targeting the transgender community are dead in the water according to House Speaker Jeff Hoover (R). While HB 106 more broadly focused on bathroom use across the state (similar to the structuring of North Carolina HB2), HB 141 explicitly targeted public school restrooms. According to Republican leadership, neither bill will receive a vote during this session. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported: Two […]

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Court Rules Against Anti-Gay “Abomination” FL Cake Customer

Court Rules Against Anti-Gay “Abomination” FL Cake Customer Robert Mannarino and in favor of Cut the Cake

Following harassment induced by former televangelist Joshua Feuerstein against Cut The Cake bakery in Florida in 2015, a man named Robert Mannarino attempted to purchase a cake with an anti-gay message. Mannarino’s request to buy a cake with the message “Homosexuality is an abomination unto the Lord” was seen as a prank by the bakery after Feuerstein published a recording of his interaction that led to […]

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TEXAS: ICE Immigration Raids Begin in Austin as Predicted

ICE immigration raids

Last week we wrote about news emerging from Austin, Texas that a rumored crackdown by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) following Donald Trump’s immigration executive order and continued attacks and threats against sanctuary cities was about to commence. We now have confirmation ICE is conducting raids in Austin thanks to a statement from a city council member. Writing on his official Facebook […]

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Travel Ban Loses in Appeals Court; Trump Furious

the Trump Muslim travel ban lost in appeals court at the 9th circuit

After a widely heard hearing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this week on Donald Trump’s unpopular travel ban, a three judge panel unanimously ruled against the Department of Justice and maintained a stay against enforcement originally established last week. That stay was issued via a temporary restraining order decided by Washington state district Judge James Robart. The Trump administration […]

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Canadian Muslim Denied Entry After Religion-Based Interrogation

Fadwa Alaoui denied entry for being a Muslim

Fadwa Alaoui (a Moroccan-born Canadian citizen) and her cousin were denied entry into the United States at the Canadian border over the weekend after border patrol agents interrogated them about their religious beliefs. Though she is Muslim, Alaoui does not come from, nor has she recently traveled to any of the seven countries outlined in Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. Canada’s CBC reported on the […]

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Toledo Bans Conversion Therapy & Protects Gender Identity

LGBTQ rights in Toledo Ohio - gay and transgender rights

Yesterday the Toledo, Ohio City Council unanimously approved a measure banning anti-gay conversion therapy while adding gender identity to their city’s anti-discrimination protection classes. While many in the religious conservative community opposed it arguing its mental health counseling requirements would affect them (they won’t), those actually credentialed to provide such care lauded the vote. The Toledo Blade reported: Conversion therapy, which is designed to change a […]

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Elizabeth Warren Shut Down For Reading Coretta Scott King’s Letter

Mitch McConnell Shut Down Elizabeth Warren For Reading Coretta Scott King's Letter

Tonight on the U.S. Senate floor Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) objected to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reading Coretta Scott King’s letter originally sent to oppose Jeff Sessions’ first federal bench nomination in 1986. Though she objected to McConnell’s motion to stop her from reading the letter, Warren was overruled and forced to sit down for violating rules regarding impugning the character of another sitting Senator. […]

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DeVos Confirmed; Pence’s Anti-LGBTQ Agenda Can Proceed

Betsy DeVos

After contentious confirmation hearings and a 50-50 vote (with all Democrats, all Independents and two Republicans voting against a solid Republican block), Vice President Mike Pence broke the Senate tie and confirmed Betsy DeVos as the next Education Secretary. This comes as little surprise as her history of school privatization efforts and support for religious schools falls in line with Pence’s historic […]

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