Let’s celebrate this return to the Cafe with a highlight of the LGBT winners in this mid-term election cycle.
At the National level:
Colorado has it’s first openly gay governor in Jared Polis.
Kansas elected it’s first Lesbian and Native American to congress in Sharice Davids.
New Hampshire has it’s first gay member of Congress in Chris Pappas.
Another Lesbian was elected to Congress representing Minnesota, Angie Craig.
At the state level:
New Hampshire has a pair of transgender women elected to its House of Representatives – Gerri Canon and Lisa Bunker
Kansas also has Susan Ruiz and Brandon Woodard added to its state legislature.
Malcolm Kenyatta is the first black gay man elected to Pennsylvania’s legislature.
Teri Johnston is Key West, FL’s first lesbian mayor.
And finally, though he is not gay himself, Zach Wahls – who you may recall defended his two moms in 2011 to the Iowa House of Representatives now represents Iowa Senate District 37.
We also saw Massachusettes vote to protect transgender rights.
So not only did the Democrats take back the House of Representatives, both LGBT candidates as well as women in general, won BIG across the country.
Are you fucking KIDDING me???
With only two weeks left in the Kansas legislation session, state lawmakers have introduced a pair of bills that would prohibit transgender students from using restrooms that match their gender. The “Student Physical Privacy Act” would apply not only to public schools, but all public universities in the state as well, guaranteeing that anyone who saw someone transgender in the bathroom could sue their school for $2,500 for every time that it happened.
The complementary bills (SB 513 and HB 2737) declare in no uncertain terms that transgender students are going to harm other students just by using the same facility alongside them. “Allowing students to use restrooms, locker rooms and showers that are reserved for students of a different sex will create potential embarrassment, shame, and psychological injury to students,” they read.
*sigh* The hate just builds.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ governor told state government agencies Tuesday that they can’t punish ministers or religious groups for opposing same-sex marriage, and critics said he is sanctioning discrimination even as the state extends new benefits to gay and lesbian couples.
Gov. Sam Brownback issued an executive order in response to last month’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation. Brownback’s order said the “imposition” of gay marriage could lead to “potential infringements” of religious liberties.
Even Zach understands that pizza isn’t normal wedding fare: “If you really and truly want pizza for your gay wedding in Indiana…” No, I really and truly don’t.
Just because some people in Indiana refuse to cater gay weddings doesn’t mean all hope is lost.
Zach Braff and Donald Faison, who are perhaps best known for starring together in the beloved sitcom “Scrubs,” are apparently willing to toss some dough for same-sex Indiana couples.
Memories Pizza, located in Walkerton, Indiana, ignited a firestorm last week when its owners announced that they were allowed to refuse to provide pizza for same-sex weddings due to the state’s controversial new “religious freedom” law. Shortly after, Braff took to Twitter to pledge his support for gay couples, offering Faison’s services as well…
Sure, why not? Hire/don’t hire based on physical appearance. I mean why protect the handicapped? Or anyone really? Let this country continue down the path it’s been traveling a while now: one of hatred and major intolerance. Take away ALL of the things you can discriminate on, because you know people want that.
(Reuters) – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican re-elected in November, on Tuesday rescinded an executive order issued by a Democratic predecessor that offered protections for gay and bisexual state workers.
Brownback said he was rescinding a 2007 order signed by former Governor Kathleen Sebelius that established a “protected class of rights” for state employees specifically for sexual orientation and gender identity.
In its place, Brownback said he was issuing an executive order that would boost state employment-related aid for veterans and disabled people, while reaffirming the state’s “commitment” to employment practices that do not discriminate based on “race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry or age.”
Follow-up on the story posted the other day…
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday said same-sex marriages can go ahead in Kansas in a decision that the state insists applies to only two counties.
Separately Wednesday, a federal judge struck down South Carolina’s ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional.
The nation’s highest court denied a request from Kansas to prevent gay and lesbian couples from marrying while the state fights the issue in court. The order is consistent with how the justices have handled recent requests from other states that have sought to keep their bans in place while they appealed lower court rulings in favor of gay and lesbian couples.
Just feels like one step forward, two back.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Supreme justice on Monday temporarily blocked gay marriage in Kansas a day before it was due to go into effect.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an order saying that the court wanted gay marriage advocates to respond to the state’s application seeking to put gay marriage on hold. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree struck down the state’s gay marriage ban last week, ruling that it would go into effect on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Eastern Time (2300 GMT) if no other court intervened.
Sotomayor’s action does not mean the high court will grant the Kansas application.
I hope you went out and voted yesterday. I did, though I confess that I strongly dislike doing so because I never feel like anything changes. I’m thrilled to say that there are changes happening outside of the voting booth in Kansas where we’ve struck another victory!
KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) – Same-sex couples may soon be able to marry in Kansas following a federal judge’s ruling on Tuesday that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.
U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree granted a preliminary injunction stopping Kansas from enforcing its ban on gay marriage and put the ruling on hold until Nov. 11 to give Kansas an opportunity to appeal.
The decision, if upheld, would add to more than a dozen states where same-sex marriage has become legal since the U.S. Supreme Court said on Oct. 6 that it would not review recent U.S. appeals court decisions that struck down state bans.
Crabtree ruled that the Kansas ban violated the rights of gay couples to equal protection and due process under the U.S. Constitution.
Let’s all hope that the Supreme Court declines to hear these cases. That would then mean over half of the states have legalized same-sex marriage. Woohoo!!
WASHINGTON (AP) — The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples in some parts of the United States would be for the Supreme Court to surprise everyone and decline to get involved in the issue right now.
A decision by the justices to reject calls from all quarters to take up same-sex marriage would allow gay and lesbian couples in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin to begin getting married almost immediately. Rulings in their favor have been put on hold while the Supreme Court considers their cases.
And if the high court leaves those rulings in place, same-sex couples almost certainly would win the right to marry in six other states in short order because those states — Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming — would be bound by the same appeals court decisions.
That would bring to 30 the number of states where same-sex marriage is legal, plus the District of Columbia.
I hope the first thing that his god said to him was, “You sadly missed my point.”
Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, has died at the age of 84, according to two of his children.
His son, Timothy Phelps, confirmed to Kansas’ WIBW that Fred Phelps died “before midnight” on Wednesday. His daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, also confirmed news of the death to the Topeka Capital-Journal.
However, at least one family member seemed to dispute the reports of his siblings, as attorney Jonathan Phelps told WIBW: “Pastor Phelps is doing just fine.” The network notes this could be a spiritual reference.
“I can tell you that Fred Phelps is having some health problems,” WBC spokesman Steve Drain told the Lawrence Journal-World Sunday. “He’s an old man, and old people get health problems.”
A spokesperson for the Westboro Baptist Church was not immediately available for further comment Thursday.