Category Archives: Civil Rights

PA’s bipartisan TRAP law risks medical safety of young woman (w/ video)

As Rachel Maddow reported a few weeks ago, Pennsylvania has indeed returned to the days before Roe v Wade, before a safe pregnancy termination procedure was a right of all women, no matter their socioeconomic status or zip code. Maddow … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Health, Miscellany, State House, State Politics, State Senate

Debtors Prison, Pennsylvania-Style

Emma Jacobs brings to our attention a very serious abuse of pre-trial detention that is not only unjust, but also a ridiculous waste of the criminal justice system’s resources. According to court records, Lawrence sent people to jail 228 times … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights

Rep. Gordon Denlinger Invents Fake Freedom to Discriminate

Rep. Gordon Denlinger wants to codify the bizarre Republican definition of discrimination in the Pennsylvania Constitution: Republican Rep. Gordon Denlinger, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Fiscal Policy, an elder in the Zeltenreich Reformed Church of New Holland, Pa., is … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights

Mike Huckabee Should Pay For Our Recreational Sexytime and STFU About It

Great point from Alexandra Brodsky. Birth control is also used for health purposes, but it’s also used to reduce the unintended risks of hot hot recreational pre-marital sex. And there’s nothing wrong with that! It is so, so tempting to … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Health, LGBT / Gay Rights

Philly Councilman Jim Kenney Wants to Give People Tickets for Marijuana, Not Arrest Them

The question of whether the federal government will crack down on Washington and Colorado marijuana’s state-legalized marijuana businesses is an interesting one mainly because of how it will impact the supply chain and marijuana prices, but it’s important to understand … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Health, Philadelphia 2015

#PAGov: Allyson Schwartz Calls For Early Voting, Same-Day Registration, Vote By Mail

This would be huge for small-d democracy and obviously for Democrats’ chances of winning seats in future midterm elections. There’s no good reason you should only be allowed to vote on Tuesdays. In other states you see churches, especially ones … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Governor, Open Government

Corbett Curious About Gays’ Sex

Not helping: Attorneys defending Pennsylvania in a federal court challenge to the commonwealth’s prohibition on same-sex marriage have asked for “irrelevant,” highly private information about the plaintiffs, their lawyer said, including whether they engaged in previous heterosexual relationships and who … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Governor, LGBT / Gay Rights

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations: Employment Discrimination Edition

The way to think about Tom Corbett’s flip flop on legalized discrimination against LGBT folks is that any Democrat would also do this. Too often Republicans benefit from the soft bigotry of low expectations in the media, where any move … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Governor, LGBT / Gay Rights

Corbett Compares Same-Sex Marriage to Incest

Mark Scolforo says Tom Corbett walked back his administration’s argument that issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples is like issuing licenses to 12-year-olds, and now says it really is like incest: Corbett make the remark on a Friday morning news … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Governor, Religion

Bayard Rustin: PA Native, Unsung Hero of the 1963 March on Washington, Lifelong Activist

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was held on August 28, 1963. One year before LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act and two years before he signed the Voting Rights Act, over a quarter million people marched from … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, LGBT / Gay Rights