POLITICS 10/11/2018 09:22 pm ET The LGBTQ group's internal chaos comes at a terrible time as queer America battles the Trump administration’s hostility. By Molly Redden Lambda Legal, the impact litigation group that has played a key role in nearly every Supreme Court case advancing LGBTQ rights, is mired in chaos. The 45-year-old organization has lost about half its staff since 2016, when a new CEO, Rachel Tiven, initiated an acrimonious shakeup, deep cuts to employee benefits and a messy fight over Lambda’s tactics, priorities and limitations. The group’s caseload was roughly 150 lawsuits in mid-2016; today, it’s about half that. Lambda enlisted a law firm known for its work on “union avoidance” to negotiate with a newly formed employee union. It has not resolved long-standing issues of racial equity, and its health insurance plan does not adequately cover transition-related health care — a potential violation of the law over … [Read more...] about Lambda Legal, Which Won Key Court Victories For Marriage Equality, Is In Crisis
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Treasonous, appalling, disgustingRe: "Texas lawmakers condemn remarks — Cornyn urges president to be 'clear-eyed' with Russian chief," Tuesday news story. The GOP's modest response to President Donald Trump's surrender at Helsinki show just why you need to vote this November. My vote is for America and for its allies. Fox News' Sean Hannity still applauds anything Trump, even as he attacks America's law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Is this Trump's way of putting America first? Of making America great again? More like making Americans gag over what he has done and continues to do to our country. Listen to the voices calling him "treasonous," "appalling" and "disgusting."Time to vote out the GOP! Andrew Bednarz, Grapevine Trump was gamedRe: "U.S.-Russia Summit: Trump Agrees: No interference," Tuesday news story.What a debacle! President Donald Trump was gamed in Helsinki by the more experienced and intelligent Vladimir Putin of … [Read more...] about Letters: U.S.-Russia Summit, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, Mark Davis, global health
WASHINGTON — Colorado baker Jack Phillips wants to start making wedding cakes again, but court experts are far from united on what kind of legal landscape he would face if he once more refused to do work for a same-sex couple — despite his victory this week in the U.S. Supreme Court. Some lawyers argued that Phillips’ actions remain discriminatory and that he needs to proceed carefully. Others saw the high-court ruling as leaving open a doorway for greater leverage of religion into corporate and civic life. All agreed, however, that the question at the heart of the Phillips’ case — where freedom of religion ends and discrimination begins — remains unanswered, and that both the marketplace and court system will continue to wrestle with that conflict for the immediate future. For his part, Phillips said in two television appearances Tuesday that he hoped to return to the wedding industry after a six-year legal battle that started when he declined to … [Read more...] about Where does Colorado baker Jack Phillips’ religious freedom end and discrimination begin? Here’s what legal experts say.
By Kevin Diaz Published 9:45 pm, Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Texas Democrats looking to catch a blue wave to Congress squared off in 11 separate primary runoffs Tuesday, none more pivotal than Houston’s 7th Congressional District, where attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher held a commanding lead over activist-writer Laura Moser in early returns. If those results hold, Fletcher will take on nine-term Republican incumbent John Culberson, who Democrats have targeted since Hillary Clinton won the historically GOP district in the 2016 presidential election. The race drew national attention when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee attacked Moser before the March 6 primary, questioning her ties to the district and highlighting past articles that some deemed offensive. Moser, a Houston native, said the DCCC intervention actually enhanced her appeal to many primary voters, helping thrust her into the runoff with Fletcher, the top vote-getter in a seven-way primary. Though … [Read more...] about Fletcher leads Moser in early voting as Texas Democrats vie for the U.S. House