A federal appeals court Friday put a hold on a new California law intended to prevent therapists from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In a brief order, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to a block the law, scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, pending a decision on its constitutionality.
More from the Times here.
On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit decided not to reconsider the decision that found California’s Proposition 8 gay-marriage ban unconstitutional — a victory for gay-marriage supporters that makes it likely the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the issue. And while the California decision was but one step in a long process for marriage-equality advocates, it was an important reminder: For all the attention given to the “evolution” of politicians and the public, same-sex marriage continues to make some of its most consequential gains through the judiciary.
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And this is why we need a liberal court to ensure that the supreme court, if they do decide to rule on this, can make it legal everywhere like they did with separate but equal.
These [Distracted Driving] laws give police officers yet another pretext to fabricate traffic stops. People are stopped every day for suspected cell phone use or other diversions and then subjected to interrogation for unrelated matters and to searches of their automobiles and of their person. Without question driving while texting is dangerous, but an additional risk not considered by most people is the effect of increased regulation further eroding our civil rights?
A gunman has reportedly killed five people at Oikos University, a small Christian school, in California. He’s now in custody, according to police.
A screencap from the deadly shooting. Note inconsistency in numbers from previous post. Will keep an eye when more accurate numbers come out.