Gay University Professor Possible Victim of Hate Crime
Just days after a University of Montana professor filed a lawsuit alleging that the university health insurance system discriminated against gays and lesbians by withholding health insurance and other benefits from same-sex partners of employees, her home was set on fire. Carla Grayson, her partner Adrianne Neff, and their 22 month-old son escaped through a window and were physically unhurt. The Missoula police are investigating the fire as an arson and attempted triple homicide but not as a hate crime. Despite the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported in 1999 that at least 17% of hate crimes were motivated by sexual orientation, Montana’s hate crime statute does not include sexual orientation and gender-bias crimes.
Media Resources: Chronicle of Higher Education, 2/13/02; National Organization for Women Press Release, 2/13/02; Federal Bureau of Investigation.
7/30/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Rules In Favor Of Mississippi's Last Clinic - Mississippi's last remaining abortion clinic will remain open after a the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction against HB 1390, the Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at area hospitals.
Had the court not upheld the lower federal's court's injunction, HB 1390 would have shuttered Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO), the state's only comprehensive reproductive health center. . . .