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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights finds federal law does not protect LGBT students from harassment
Based on the evidence gathered by the Commission, we conclude that despite the harm that peer-to-peer bullying and harassment due to a student‘s membership in certain classes, such as race, religion, or sexual orientation, current federal laws (and the laws of many states) do not fully protect all students from peer-to-peer bullying and harassment resulting from animus toward their group status.
Specifically, the Commission‘s findings, by majority vote, are:
- Bullying and harassment, including bullying and harassment based on sex, race, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or religion, are harmful to American youth.
- Current federal civil rights laws do not provide the U.S. Department of Education with jurisdiction to protect students from peer-to-peer harassment that is solely on the basis of religion.
- The current federal civil rights laws do not protect students from peer-to-peer harassment that is solely on the basis of sexual orientation.
DOMA Defense: Taxpayers On The Hook For $1.5 Million To Defend Law Barring Same-Sex Marriage
House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) decision to have the House defend DOMA came after Attorney General Eric Holder announced in February that the administration had concluded that the law was unconstitutional and would no longer argue in support of it.
In March, a five-person House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group voted along party lines (3-2) to direct the House General Counsel to initiate a legal defense of DOMA.
Democrats quickly criticized the GOP for devoting scarce resources to defending a discriminatory law while other programs are being dramatically cut.
“It is absolutely unconscionable that Speaker Boehner is tripling the cost for his legal boondoggle to defend the indefensible Defense of Marriage Act,” said Drew Hammill, spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “At a time when Americans are hurting and job creation should be the top priority, it just shows how out of touch House Republicans have become that they would spend up to $1.5 million dollars to defend discrimination in our country.”
Remember we only believe in states rights when it’s convenient. The Full Faith and Credit Clause in Article IV Section 1 of the United States Constitution is for us not undesirables. We need more “activist” legislators!
House Passes H.R. 358, the “Let Women Die” Act of 2011
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:
“Every woman in America should be very concerned about this assault on women’s health,” Pelosi said during the floor debate. “A woman could be dying on the floor of the hospital, and when you vote for this bill, you will be saying the caregivers would not [be able] to treat that woman and keep her from dying.”
“Today the GOP-led House of Representatives, with the blessings and encouragement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and extremist religious groups such as the Family Research Council, passed a bill in a vote of 251 to 172 that would, among other things, allow doctors and hospitals to “exercise their conscience” by letting pregnant women facing emergency medical conditions die.
This is what the Republicans called the “Protect Life Act.” And no, I am not kidding.”
Hey, Protect Life Act aka Let Women Die Act is consistent with our philosophy. Just like the deathy penalty and abolishing gun control laws.
Civil rights panel chairman to call for study of state immigration laws
Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution What’s that?
As Republicans, we worry about infringing on American’s civil liberties. Therefore, if you don’t have any, they cannot be infringed. Matter solved.