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.
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .