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Mississippi Governor Signs Law Permitting LGBT Discrimination

Mississippi GovernorMississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Tuesday signed into law a measure affording wide protections for actions considered discriminatory by gay rights activists.

The far-reaching law allows people with religious objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples. It also clears the way for employers to cite religion in determining workplace policies on dress code, grooming and bathroom and locker access.


PayPal pulls North Carolina center over new LGBT law

Paypal pulls out of NCPayPal will no longer move forward with its planned new global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina, after the state passed a law that eliminates anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gays and bisexuals and keeps transgender people from using the bathroom of their chosen gender.

“The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture. As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion in Charlotte,” a statement released by PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman said Monday.


Tennessee bill to make Bible state book heads to governor

Tennesse bill to make Bible state bookHaving already made a .50-caliber sniper gun the official state rifle, Tennessee lawmakers voted Monday to make the Holy Bible the state’s official book.

The state Senate gave final approval Monday on a 19-8 vote despite arguments the measure conflicts with a provision in the Tennessee Constitution that “no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.”

TVNL Comment:  ....and please, please make the Triceratops the state animal.


Utah ranchers vow to stand up to government despite Oregon arrests

Utah ranchers On 23 January, a group of Utah ranchers gathered in Cedar City and made a pledge: they signed notices of “withdrawal of consent” to be governed – a statement rejecting the authority of the federal agencies that regulate grazing and charge fees to have livestock use public lands.

The ranchers were following in the footsteps of Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum, who at the time was a leader of a land-use protest at an Oregon wildlife refuge and who had publicly refused to pay for grazing rights.


California and New York governors sign bills raising minimum wage to $15

California and New York pass fifteen dollar minimum wage lawsThe governors of California and New York acted on Monday to raise their states’ minimum wages to $15 an hour – the highest in the nation – as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders again seized on wage disparity and the plight of the working poor as a defining issue in the presidential race.

Clinton joined Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York as he signed the law that will gradually boost that state’s pay rate and she predicted the movement would “sweep our country”.


Christian School Principal Jailed for Child Rape

Christian school principal charged with rapeThe principal of a tiny Christian school in a small Washington town has been charged with sexually assaulting two female students. Prosecutors say Douglas J. Allison, 55, even claimed that one of the young girls asked for it.

Allison was the principal and one of just two teachers at the Mountain View Christian School, a Seventh-day Adventist school that has just a dozen students. He is charged with raping and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl and her classmate, who came forward during the investigation.

Seventh-day Adventists are a Christian denomination who believe Christ’s return to Earth is imminent. Unlike most Christians, they observe the sabbath on Saturday.


Supreme Court upholds 'one person, one vote'

Supreme Court upholds 'one person, one vote'The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that states may continue dividing legislative seats according to total population instead of only eligible voters.

In the Evenwel v. Abbott decision, the justices ruled against a challenge to a practice established nationwide in the 1960s in which districts are drawn counting total population. The lawsuit argued that only eligible voters should be counted for district drawing, which would have ignored non-voting citizens such as children, immigrants and felons.


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