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Trans Inclusion Urged for NY Hate Crimes Law :: EDGE Boston

Trans Inclusion Urged for NY Hate Crimes Law :: EDGE Boston:
"Proponents of trans hate crime protections are pressing for a small, but significant, change to New York state law that would extend protections to their community as well as to the rest of the GLBT population.

An Oct. 12 New York Times article reports that at the moment, attackers targeting their victims for their sexuality can be charged under existing state law with hate crimes.

However, assailants who target transgendered individuals are not liable to enhanced penalties.

Activists say that has to change, among them Carmella Etienne, who the article said has faced the threat of violence before because of her gender identity.

Activists may have a shot at seeing trans protections included in the state’s hate crimes legislation despite similar attempts not having met with success in the past, the article said, noting that crimes against trans victims have generated headlines this year."

Pass this, New York! Isn't it about time?


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Via Chris Geidner's Poliglot blog at Metro Weekly:


In Iowa, which declared Iowa's marriage ban unconstitutional under the state's constitution in 2009, the National Organization for Marriage got one of its first electoral victories this year. The judicial retention elections appear to have resulted in the replacement of all three justices up for a vote this year.

Here, as of 3:35 a.m. and with 1767 out of 1774 precincts reporting, are the Iowa Secretary of State's election results:

Supreme Court Justice David L. Baker
Yes 443437 45.75%
No 525865 54.25%

Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Streit
Yes 442459 45.6%
No 527921 54.4%

Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus
Yes 437118 44.99%
No 534486 55.01%

The court was unanimous in its 2009 ruling that Iowa's constitution required marriage equality."

Can we trust Rasmussen anymore?


Happy Hour Roundup will be coming late today. Fortunately, there is lots of news to report on! Unfortunately, there will be no time for me to collect it and send it. Expect it between 5pm and 6pm!