House Dems: Trump’s trans military ban ‘unconstitutional on its face’

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A group of 53 House Democrats led by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is warning the Pentagon that following through with policy to implement President Trump’s transgender military ban would be “unconstitutional on its face.”

In a letter dated Aug. 4, Democrats on the House Armed Services and Judiciary Committees say prohibiting transgender people in the U.S. armed forces — “in any capacity” as Trump declared — won’t hold up under scrutiny before the courts.

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Nevada senators move same-sex marriage update closer to ballot

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – Religious organizations and individual clergy members would have a constitutional right to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages in Nevada under a proposal state lawmakers are moving toward the 2020 ballot.

State senators voted 19-2 to pass a measure seeking to delete a defunct provision of the state constitution that says Nevada will only recognize marriage between a man and a woman.

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19 senators urge Trump’s HHS to restore LGBT questions to elder surveys

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A bipartisan group of 19 senators led by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Robert Casey (D-Pa.) are calling on the Department of Health & Human Services to restore LGBT questions to a federal survey intended to evaluate government services for older Americans.

In a two-page letter dated April 27, Collins, chair of the U.S. Senate Special Commission on Aging, and Casey, the top Democrat, lead other senators in saying the Trump administration’s removal of the questions “will limit HHS’s ability” to evaluate whether federal programs are reaching LGBT elders effectively.

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Gay man who threatened U.S. senators pleads guilty

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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In a little-noticed development, a 28-year-old gay man arrested last June at his home in Alexandria, Va., for allegedly making threats to shoot at least two U.S. senators in the face in a series of Twitter messages pleaded guilty in December to making interstate threatening communications.

Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced Kyler George Schmitz to two years of supervised probation and 90 days of home detention.

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N.C. same-sex marriage back at legislature in exemption bill

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gay marriage is back on the front burner at the North Carolina legislature as senators consider legislation to let some court officials avoid marriage duties due to their religious beliefs.

A Senate judiciary committee scheduled debate Feb. 24 on the measure filed by chamber leader Phil Berger of Eden. The bill allows magistrates to refuse to preside at same-sex weddings and assistant and deputy registers of deeds to not issue licenses. But they couldn’t participate in traditional marriages, either.

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