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Is a “Marriage Moment” Coming Up?

Posted by Jack Stephens on June 18, 2007

Citizen Crain blogs:

The victory in Massachusetts last week strongly encourages the idea that the sweep of history is with progress on marriage equality for gay couples, just as it was 40 years ago for interracial couples. But have we arrived finally at our “marriage moment”?

Cheryl Jacques, a former Massachusetts state senator who led the Human Rights Campaign in 2004, popularized that phrase during the halcyon months after her home state’s highest court struck down the hetero-only marriage law a year earlier.

Then came the horrific backlash, as dozens of states passed laws and constitutional amendments banning gay marriage. Karl Rove managed to wedge the issue into the 2004 presidential election. And even state supreme courts in friendly states like New York and Washington state declined to follow their black-robed predecessors in Massachusetts.

Now, as the good news returns, have the tables turned back in our favor? Are we ready, this time, for a “marriage moment” of more far-reaching and permanent effect?

Posted in Law, LGBTQI Issues | Leave a Comment »

Biracial Children and Lawsuits By White Parents

Posted by Jack Stephens on June 12, 2007

Stephanie blogs:

This article is from The Gimp Parade via Rachel’s Tavern. It’s about the Long Island Couple suing the fertility clinic for the “wrong” in-vitro that resulted in having a child darker than her parents. This is not new, for in the 1990s when a white woman was given the wrong in-vitro that resulted in her having a biracial Black girl(now a teenager). She sued the clinic for damages and was generously compensated. What if such thing happened to a Black expectant mother? Would she be generously compensated for giving her the wrong treatment? Would the public be sympathetic to her plight? What you say?

Posted in Contemporary Racism, Law, People of Color, White Supremacy | 5 Comments »

From School to Prison

Posted by Jack Stephens on June 10, 2007

Egalia posts an essay by Bob Herbert on her blog Tennessee Guerrilla Women:

The latest news-as-entertainment spectacular is the Paris Hilton criminal justice fiasco. She’s in! She’s out! She’s — whatever. Far more disturbing (and much less entertaining) is the way school officials and the criminal justice system are criminalizing children and teenagers all over the country, arresting them and throwing them in jail for behavior that in years past would never have led to the intervention of law enforcement.

Posted in Class, Government, Institutionalized Racism, Law, People of Color | Leave a Comment »

Rotten to the Core: America’s Justice System

Posted by Jack Stephens on June 4, 2007

Exodus Mentality blogs about an article he read concerning a cover up by Atlanta police officers:

It is absolutely essential that we recognize that this is not just some little problem with a few bad cops. This is a clear and glaring symptom of a of a diseased rotten to the core system. This article lays out a big piece of the problem at the law enforcement level, for reasons that I can only speculate, there is a significant segment of the law enforcement community engaged in unconstitutional, illegal, and immoral behavior and being protected by the remainder of the police force.

Posted in Institutionalized Racism, Law, People of Color, Police Brutality, White Supremacy | 1 Comment »

Rotten to the Core: America’s Justice System

Posted by Jack Stephens on June 4, 2007

Exodus Mentality blogs about an article he read concerning a cover up by Atlanta police officers:

It is absolutely essential that we recognize that this is not just some little problem with a few bad cops. This is a clear and glaring symptom of a of a diseased rotten to the core system. This article lays out a big piece of the problem at the law enforcement level, for reasons that I can only speculate, there is a significant segment of the law enforcement community engaged in unconstitutional, illegal, and immoral behavior and being protected by the remainder of the police force.

Posted in Institutionalized Racism, Law, People of Color, Police Brutality, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

Gender Discrimination At Work Is OK

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 30, 2007

Ann, of Feministing, writes:

We’re a little tardy in writing about yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear. The court ruled that employees must make their discrimination complaints within 180 days “after the alleged unlawful employment practice occurred.” In other words, the discrimination occurs at the time a woman is given a salary that is significantly lower than her male counterparts. If she doesn’t catch on to the pay disparity within 180 days, she’s screwed. Which is why Ledbetter’s attorneys had argued that she was discriminated against every time she was handed a paycheck for less money than her male equivalent on the job — not simply when her salary was determined.

Posted in Law, Male Supremacy, Woman Issues | Leave a Comment »

 
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