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Time to Create a Term Limit on Serving on the Supreme Court

This essay is inspired in general by the retirement of Justice Kennedy, leaving the ideologically driven radical reactionaries that have taken over the Republican Party within reach of their long time goal of a strong 5 Justice Majority that will act as an extension of the "Conservative" movement. Goodbye Roe v Wade. Goodbye Obergefell v. Hodges. Quite possibly goodby "you have the right to remain silent, if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you." All of the landmark cases that rest on arguments regarding the extent of the rights to Due Process guaranteed by the 14th amendment, and all of the landmark cases that rest on arguments regarding "penumbral" rights, are subject to destruction due to the extra-Constitutional theft of President Obama's last Supreme Court nomination.

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It's been just short of a month since I last reported on the murder of a transgender person. That was the longest period of the year. But we knew it wasn't going to continue for long.

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Rhode Island introduces new regulations

The Rhode Island Department of Education met yesterday to discuss transgender policies in public schools.

In September Marcela Betancur of the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union brought a petition to the State Education Commissioner Ken Wagner asking that all school districts across the state adopt policies to protect transgender students.

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International Day for Trans Depathologization

That certainly is a mouthful as well as being something you have no doubt never heard of before...but it is the 8th annual IDfTP. There is a manifesto and everything.

This is deemed a "global event to raise awareness about the limitations that abusive and discriminatory medical models place on transgender people’s basic rights."

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Settlement proposed in HB2 lawsuit

Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina said yesterday that transgender people will be able to use public facilities that correspond to their gender identity under a proposal to settle the lawsuit initiated to challenge North Carolina's notorious HB2.

Challengers had continued their lawsuit after legislators passed and the Democratic governor signed a law this spring replacing HB2, the law commonly known as the “bathroom bill.”

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Attorneys General file brief

The Attorney's General of 15 states and the District of Columbia have filed a brief in the US District Court for DC arguing that President Trump's proposed ban on military service by transgender people is unconstitutional, against the national interest and harmful to the transgender community.

Our military should be open to every brave American who volunteers to serve.

--Maura Healy, Massachusetts

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