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Only Today, 2014, Has A Federal Court Ruled To Let LGBT Jurors Hear Trials

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What's next for the right-wing conservatives to try in making this country fair for only white, Christian, and homophobic citizens? Why the justice system, of course. If you can't get a law passed banning anything that prohibits them from excluding balanced, fair or common sense thinking in the jury room, these narrow-minded conservatives may face extinction. And they're not going down without a fight.

Here's the latest from the LA TIMES:

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court became the first in the nation to rule that prospective jurors may not be excluded because of their sexual orientation, a decision that expands juror protections beyond race and gender and provides legal ammunition to challenge laws that limit gay rights.

The sweeping, unanimous decision Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a mixed jury verdict in an antitrust case involving an AIDS drug. The 9th Circuit said the case would have to be retried because an obviously gay juror was unjustifiably excluded from the jury.

Truthfully, I had never heard of the jury system excluding people for sexual orientation, but evidently I was just unaware. Here we are in 2014 and someone's sexual direction could be used against them in a court of law. I know accused criminals have the right to remain silent, but evidently those determining their guilt were supposed to exclude themselves if the crime was federal.

But really there's two issues that I've put in bold print that I find nothing short of amazing. To start with, this case quoted above is the FIRST in the nation to make this discriminatory ruling out of bounds. Really? Only now?

And the second issue is the more important one. "...an obviously gay juror" -- what's an obviously gay juror? Did he/she wear make-up? Did they hit on the same-sex foreman? Did they have a membership card they were flaunting in the RuPaul fan club? What makes someone "obviously gay?"

That's the amazing part of this outrageous but eye-opening story. Until now, if someone looks differently than another person and fits a stereotypical image, they can be excluded from a jury? And according to the article, part of which is quoted below, they still can be.

Lady Justice

I thought justice was blind. Look at Lady Justice balancing her scales. Did you notice something else about her? She's blindfolded. There's a reason for that.

Thankfully the 9th federal circuit court of  appeals court made this first in the nation, unanimous finding. But it only deals with a small portion of this country. It's not national.

Tuesday's landmark ruling extended the restriction to federal courts in California and courts in eight other Western states, lawyers said.

Now let's wake up the rest of the nation. Justice is seriously being challenged.

This particular case had to do with an antitrust lawsuit involving an AIDS drug. For that reason alone, the "obviously gay" juror was dismissed. We allow doctors to sit as jurors on medical trials. We allow lawyers to sit on juries despite perhaps having knowledge not admissible to lay jurors. Why can't we have LGBT jurors sitting in on any case of any origin in any area, AIDS related or not? Aren't they people too?

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Video Overnight Thread- What Christmas Would Be Like If Men And Women Switch Their Roles

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The GOP Doesn't Have Problems With Women -- It's With Their Men

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The message has finally started to get through to the Republican party. They have a problem with women voters. A huge problem which if not addressed properly could cost them big time in 2014 and certainly in 2016. Or so women are saying according to the early polls.

GOP men needed to do a better job communicating with women. The obvious gender gap between the parties isn't new. It's just the GOP's disdain for the female species has approached a point of no return. So the Republican men's club has called together a meeting of their misogynist group to address their problems with the chicks. ("Not that they exist, but is't way to shut up the bitches.") We all know those sluts need to be talked down to so they'll understand us. After all, their minds, just like their bodies, are weak and like jello, and don't work as well as the superior men's. (To paraphrase Arnold Schwarzenneger)

So gentlemen of the GOP, when your speakers address the issues of gender equality in communications, platform planks and respectful courtesies within the Grand Obstructionist Party toward women, don't pay attention. This isn't a real issue. If it was, it would be coming from real GOP men, like Todd Akin, Rep. Phil Gingrey, or Rep. Trent Franks.

But for any true open minded GOP-er out there, a rare genus of the species, the first step is to recognize you have a problem. And just attending one workshop isn't going to fix what ails you. Going to one AA or NA meeting isn't going to cure your illness. It'll put you on the road to recovery. Yet over time and with weekly or even daily visits in the beginning, you can start up the 12 step ladder to a healthy existence. Admitting you have a problem is only step one.

I think some of the GOP have now taken that first step. Now assume responsibility and educate yourselves. Stop criticizing the "dames" and those "skirts." Enough with thinking women are here for man's pleasure, alone. And look yourself in the mirror and admit you're not superior, but hopefully equal. Educate yourself. The Democrats may have the jackass as their symbol. But the GOP has the dumbass as their reputation.

I'm not one to offer much advice to the Republican party, but in this case I will. Watch this video. Watch it all the way through. See how many of the successes you and your GOP party are responsible for. Then count how many of the failures you're directly involved with.

You want to know how to reach women? Here's how:

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Genderqueer — Neither Male Nor Female But An Androgynous Hybrid Or Rejection Of Both

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Genderqueer. I'd never heard that term before, but there's lots I've yet to learn.

The newish word is for members who describe themselves in terms such as agender, bigender, third gender or gender-fluid are requesting — and sometimes finding — linguistic recognition. At least that's what they're talking about at Mills College in California.

Yahoo News reports:

The weekly meetings of Mouthing Off!, a group for students at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, always start the same way. Members take turns going around the room saying their names and the personal pronouns they want others to use when referring to them — she, he or something else.

It's an exercise that might seem superfluous given that Mills, a small and leafy liberal arts school historically referred to as the Vassar of the West, only admits women as undergraduates. Yet increasingly, the "shes" and "hers" that dominate the introductions are keeping third-person company with "they," ''ze" and other neutral alternatives meant to convey a more generous notion of gender.

I actually think this is kind of cool, but at the same time a bit confusing. But then again, try to explain long division or the mating rituals of the American Prairie chicken and you'd loose a lot of people along the way too.

So suffice to say that today, the progressive thinking when it comes to pronouns is to let the individual choose what is most certainly not a selected choice for them -- their sexuality. Everybody is what they are, and that's how they should be referred to.

Take Bradley/Chelsea Manning as an example. We knew him as he. He knew himself as she. Now technically and correctly, she is a she. Unless of course, Manning should prefer to be called by the newer term, "ze."

That's right. Ze. Along with that one, students at Mills are allowed to assign themselves their preferred gender pronouns, known as PGPs. Becoming more and more familiar are such ones as ''sie," ''e," ''ou" and "ve." These have become an accepted practice for professors, dorm advisers, club sponsors, workshop leaders and health care providers at several schools.

So, please do everyone a favor. If you have a preference, feel free to make it known up front. Don't let us call you, her or him if you prefer another term. But also, don't take offense if it takes us a bit of getting used to. I think there are a lot of people like myself who, by the way is a he or him, and I'll stick with that for the time being, who will need a bit of time for the adjustment.

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