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Court: transgender Asylum seekers
Cant’ Be equated with gays
(AP) Transgender people can be especially
vulnerable to harassment and attacks and
shouldn’t be equated with gays and lesbians
by U.S. immigration officials determining
whether to grant asylum, a federal appeals
court said Thursday.
The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals issued the ruling in the case
of a transgender Mexican woman who sought
shelter in the U.S. on the grounds that she
would likely be tortured if returned to Mexico.
Edin Avendano-Hernandez said she
had been sexually assaulted by uniformed
Mexican police and a military official for being
The Board of Immigration Appeals wrongly
relied on Mexican laws protecting gays and
lesbians to reject Avendano-Hernandez’s
asylum request, the ruling states.
The 9th Circuit said transgender people face
a unique level of danger and are specifically
targeted in Mexico by police for extortion and
“While the relationship between gender
identity and sexual orientation is complex,
and sometimes overlapping, the two identities
are distinct,” Circuit Judge Jacqueline Nguyen
wrote. “Significant evidence suggests that
transgenderpersons are often especially visible,
and vulnerable, to harassment and persecution
due to their often public nonconformance with
normative gender roles.”
More Officials in North Carolina
Refuse to Perform Marriages
(AP) The number of North Carolina magistrates refusing
to perform weddings has more than doubled in recent weeks.
The state court system says it’s received 32 notices from
magistrates since a law took effect June 11 allowing court
officials who for religious reasons oppose gay marriage to
opt out of performing all marriages.
The law exempts court officials with a “sincerely held
religious objection” and is designed for those opposing gay
The law also gave the recusal option to some register of
deeds workers issuing marriage licenses. Elected officials
would perform the duties as a last resort.
Sen. Phil Berger sponsored the bill. Berger says the law
is probably preventing situations like the one in Kentucky,
where a clerk has refused to issue licenses. Utah has a similar
B-52s’ Kate Pierson Marries
(Dennis Jozefowicz) Singer, musician, hotelier, and B-52’s
member Kate Pierson got married last month to her longtime
partner Monica Coleman in Hawaii.
August 1, On Pierson’s personal Facebook page, she posted
a picture of her and wife-to-be on a sandy beach with the
caption “Monica and I are getting #marriedinHawaii !”
On August 2, a photo on Pierson’s fan page of a sunset over
the ocean had a caption “#hawaiianwedding soon!”
On August 4, the two were seen in a picture on Peirson’s
fan page, both dressed in gowns and leis with the caption
“#itsofficial !” Another photo was posted on the official B-52’s
page as well.
The couple are also partners in business, running two small
hotels, Kate’s Lazy Meadow in Mount Temper, New York, and
Kate’s Lazy Desert in Landers California.
Pierson is also currently promoting a solo album called
“Guitars and Microphones.”
Join Broward Sheriff’s Office for
Patriots’ Day Ceremony
(BSO) The Broward Sheriff’s Office invites the public
to join us in paying tribute to those who lost their lives on
September 11 during BSO’s Patriot Day Ceremony, Thursday
at the Signature Grand.
BSO Patriot Day Ceremony
10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 11, 2014
6900 West State Road 84, Davie
Sheriff Scott Israel and many notable dignitaries will be in
attendance as BSO honors the victims, their families and the
heroes who stood up during the dark times of the 9/11 attack.
The event’s keynote speaker will be Judge Elijah Williams,
who currently serves in the Juvenile Delinquency Division
of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court. Judge Williams entered
the University of Florida at the age of 16 where he earned a
Masters of Political Science and Public Administration and
a Juris Doctorate. After graduation, he was commissioned
as a captain in the U.S. Air Force where he was assigned to
the Staff Judge Advocate General’s Department at Lowry Air
Force Base. Judge Williams later became the chief of Military
Justice and was selected as the Area Defense Counsel. In
2002, Governor Bush appointed him to Broward’s Circuit
Summer Knowles, reporter and anchor for CBS Channel 4,
will be the mistress of ceremonies for the event. Ms. Knowles
graduated with a Broadcast Journalism degree from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member
of the National Association of Black Journalists and Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority.
The BSO Honor Guard and the Broward 10-13 Club Honor
Guard will present colors, and there will be musical tributes
performed by the Police Pipe and Drum Corps, Seanna
Pereira and the Indian Ridge Middle School eighth grade
choir. Additionally, a bell will toll commemorating the tragic
events from the September 11 attacks.
Oregon Judge Refuses to
Perform Same-Sex Marriages
(AP) Marion County Judge Vance Day is being investigated
by a judicial fitness commission in part over his refusal
to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds, a
spokesman for the judge said.
When a federal court ruling in May 2014 made same-sex
marriage legal in Oregon, Day instructed his staff to refer
same-sex couples looking to marry to other judges, spokesman
Patrick Korten said Friday.
Last fall, he decided to stop performing weddings altogether,
aside from one in March that had long been scheduled, Korten
“He made a decision nearly a year ago to stop doing
weddings altogether, and the principal factor that he weighed
was the pressure that one would face to perform a same-sex
wedding, which he had a conflict with his religious beliefs,”
In an email, Day declined to comment and referred
questions to Korten.
The issue of same-sex weddings is “the weightiest” of
several allegations against Day that are being investigated by
the Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability, Korten said.
He declined to detail any of the allegations, saying he didn’t
want to defy the commission, which considers complaints
confidential until it is ready to make them public.
Last month, the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional
Conduct said judges can’t refuse to marry same-sex couples
on personal, moral or religious grounds.
Judges who stop performing all marriages to avoid marrying
same-sex couples may be interpreted as biased and could be
disqualified from any case where sexual orientation is an
issue, the Ohio board ruled.
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