Archive for the ‘family’ Category

Judge Ends Trump’s Granny Ban

July 14, 2017

Judge Ends Trump's Granny Ban
On Thursday evening Federal District Court Judge Derrick Watson exempted grandparents and grandchildren from the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban. The revised “Muslim Ban” had a definition of “close family” that excluded many relatives.

Judge Watson wrote that “the Government’s definition represents the antithesis of common sense. Common sense, for instance, dictates that close family members be defined to include grandparents. Indeed, grandparents are the epitome of close family members. The Government’s definition excludes them. That simply cannot be.”

So if Granny lives in any of six majority-Muslim countries, she can now visit you. Put clean sheets on the guest bed!

More:

“Judge in Hawaii rules grandparents are exempt from Trump travel ban,” Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post

“U.S. judge narrows travel ban in defeat for Trump,” Dan Levine and Mica Rosenberg, Reuters

Update:

“Appeals Court: Grandparents Not Part of Trump’s Travel Ban,” Gene Johnson, AP via New York Times

“Supreme Court won’t let Trump travel ban hit grandparents,” Josh Gerstein, Politico

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A 13-Year-Old Watched ICE Arrest Her Father

March 13, 2017

As Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez dropped his daughters off at school in L.A. on February 28th, he was pulled over by ICE agents. His 13-year-old daughter Fatima was still in the backseat and recorded the arrest with her cell phone.

Mr. Avelica-Gonzalez, a citizen of Mexico, has lived and worked in the U.S. for 25 years. His four daughters were all born in the U.S.

More:

“Immigrant arrested by ICE after dropping daughter off at school, sending shockwaves through neighborhood,” Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times

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Merry Christmas From The Family

December 25, 2015

“Merry Christmas From The Family,” written by Robert Earl Keene, performed here by the Dixie Chicks and Rosie O’Donnell. Here’s how the songwriter does it:

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Fast

November 29, 2015

“As Fast As My Feet,” written by Anna McGarrigle and Chaim Tannenbaum, performed by the Thompson family (Kami Thompson lead vocal, Teddy Thompson, Muna Thompson Mascolo, Linda Thompson). Apparently, Teddy and papa Richard Thompson are on rhythm guitar and Jason Crigler plays lead. This version of the song is from Linda Thompson’s 2013 album Won’t Be Long Now.

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Family Time

October 23, 2015

Family Time
Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI-1) will accept the nod as House Speaker under certain conditions, and one of them is getting lots of attention. Rep. Ryan, who would take school lunches away from poor kids, wants time off to spend with his own children. Here’s some background that may not be obvious:

Like all Members of Congress, Mr. Ryan only spends 3 or 4 days a week in Washington when the House is in session, which isn’t that often, about 34 weeks a year. In other words, he’s asking to keep his current schedule if he’s the Speaker.

Paul Ryan was 16 when his own father died, so it’s understandable he’s especially sensitive to the issue of family time.

Rep. Ryan wants his own family time but won’t let others have theirs. He voted against the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act in 2009.

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Saint Kim of Kentucky Rescued From the Dungeon!

September 10, 2015

Saint Kim of Kentucky Rescued From the Dungeon!

Free at last! Intolerant Rowan County Clerk Kimberly Jean Bailey Davis was sprung from Kentucky’s Carter County Detention Center on Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning determined that her deputy clerks were doing the work she shirked, providing equal justice under the law by issuing civil marriage licenses to all couples. The judge enjoined Mrs. Davis from preventing her deputies from performing her office’s official duties in issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples.

Mrs. Davis and her delusional lawyer claim that marriage licenses not issued by her are invalid. As Zack Ford points out, Kentucky statute 61.035 indicates otherwise: “Any duty enjoined by law or by the Rules of Civil Procedure upon a ministerial officer, and any act permitted to be done by him, may be performed by his lawful deputy.”

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Supreme Court: Love Wins, 5 to 4.

June 27, 2015

Supreme Court: Love Wins, 5 to 4.
On Friday the Supreme Court of the United States announced its ruling in Obergefell v. HodgesThe majority (Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan) held that the Due Process Clause of the 5th Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment guarantee marriage equality for same-sex couples in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of the United States. The USA is now one of 21 countries with nationwide marriage equality.

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Alabama Supreme Court Secedes From Union Over Same-Sex Marriage

March 5, 2015

Alabama Supreme Court Secedes From Union Over Same-Sex Marriage

On Tuesday the Alabama Supreme Court ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples, adding yet another wrinkle to a messy situation. The story so far:

On January 23rd Federal District Judge Callie Granade struck down two Alabama state laws banning same-sex marriage.

On February 8th Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore ordered state probate judges to ignore the Federal court ruling.

On February 9th the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay the District Court’s decision, and on February 12th Judge Granade ordered the Mobile County Probate Judge to issue licenses to same-sex couples, and he and most Alabama judges complied.

On March 3rd, on a 7-1 ruling, with Chief Justice Roy Moore recusing himself, the Alabama Supreme Court issued a 138-page order for probate judges to cease granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

So why are Alabama judges standing in the courthouse door to prevent same-sex marriage, in defiance of a Federal court order? Is it … Jesus? Is it the Klan? Is this an echo of Alabama’s 33-year refusal to allow interracial marriage or some kind of nostalgia for the Confederacy?

Maybe. Mostly, it’s just politics. Alabama Supreme Court Judges are elected partisans, and their election depends on symbolic appeals to the state’s Republican Party base.

 More:

“Alabama Supreme Court Throws Tantrum, Defies Federal Judge, Halts Gay Marriages,” Mark Joseph Stern, Slate

Related:

“I Was Alabama’s Top Judge. I’m Ashamed by What I Had to Do to Get There.” Sue Bell Cobb, Politico Magazine

“John Oliver digs into the ‘horrifying spectacle’ of judicial elections,” Sarah Gray, Salon

UPDATE: 

“Alabama GOP proposes bill to let judges opt out of marrying gay couples — and Jews and Muslims too!” Jenny Kutner, Salon

“Ala. Bill Would Let Judges Opt Out Of Performing Gay Marriages,” Caitlin MacNeal, TPM Livewire

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Let’s Hear it for Good Old Nebraska

March 3, 2015

Let's Hear it for Good Old Nebraska

Judge Joseph F. Bataillon of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska has issued an injunction ruling that Nebraska’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, and that as of March 9th, “all relevant state officials are ordered to treat same-sex couples the same as different sex couples in the context of processing a marriage license or determining the rights, protections, obligations or benefits of marriage.”

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has filed an appeal with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Alabama Probate Judges Get Remedial Legal Education

February 15, 2015

Alabama Probate Judges Get Remedial Legal Education On January 23rd Federal District Judge Callie Granade struck down two Alabama state laws banning same-sex marriage. On February 8th Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore ordered state probate judges to ignore the Federal court ruling. On February 9th the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay the District Court’s decision. On February 12th Judge Granade ordered the Mobile County Probate Judge to issue licenses to same-sex couples, and he complied. But while judges in 23 Alabama counties were issuing licenses to all couples, those in 18 counties were only licencing straight couples and 26 counties weren’t issuing any licenses at all. What gives?

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