Suspect arrested in shooting attack of Texas teen lesbians

James Withers | Gay Star News | March 22, 2014

A suspect has been arrested in the Portland, Texas shooting of two young lesbians.

As reported by NBC News, 27-year-old David Malcolm Strickland was taken into custody by US Marshals and Texas Rangers, on 20 June, in a suburb of San Antonio.

He’s facing charges of capital murder, aggravated assault with a weapon, and aggravated sexual assault.

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Ignores Calls To Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling

Carlos Santoscoy | On Top Magazine | June 22, 2014

A deadline to appeal a gay marriage ruling passed Friday without action from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, despite a pressure campaign calling on him to reconsider.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones on May 20 struck down Pennsylvania’s restrictive marriage ban without staying his decision. Pennsylvania became the 19th state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to allow gay couples to marry when Corbett – a Republican opposed to marriage equality – decided not to appeal Jones’ ruling.

On Wednesday, the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) presented Corbett with a petition signed by more than 2,300 people asking him to reverse course.

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If Old Glory were our national stock certificate, you’d need another star – or ten – for a clear take-over margin.


Somewhere a bullfrog is clouting to get in the White House pond.


We must take pride in superlatives where we can: the United States is too big to govern but not to surveil.


Often the best cartoon in The New Yorker is by Christoph Niemann – I wonder if that’s intended?


Assuming the loyal opposition leadership after an election is like donning a papier-mâché mask made from last week’s losing lottery tickets.


Either Margaret Thatcher or John Bull said, “You can’t run a country on farthings from library fines”.


Being senior covers a multitude of sins, if you’re clubby.


Everything has been written about Israel except its good secret — it’s a matriarchy.


One day the law will declare that gender is fluid, like quicksilver atop a fanny-pack.


As a schoolboy I imagined The Mahgrebs were a single happy folk — saving their scant Colonial centimes to take family sojourns, north in real France.


My ambition is to compose an exquisite Virginia Woolf novel through seven words of incantation.


Sacre Coeur Montmartre is a long climb – to kneel.


Falling down the lesbian well-of-loneliness can be a wormhole to the most resounding stardom – and not only for Canadian dykes.

If you’re airborne with five hundred you’re not flying you’re flocking.

I’ve christened my new Scandinavian yacht THE ANDREAS VIESTAD – may it sail the seasons on endless charm.


I never leave the table a little hungry, for that’s what undetected walk-outs do.


It’s not enough to have everything, you have to be born Chinese and

decide Brazilian land rights.


I know very little about Francois Picard except if you look to him for the news, you’ll become disarmed instead.


Self-publishing is like whistling Dixie in a dark Xerox room.


I am prepared for anything, even for all the subway systems in the world to merge and run as one.


Releasing a final draft, more than Carnegie Hall, is the tensest kind of stage fright and many authors simply faint away.

California Prisons Illegally Sterilized Dozens of Women, Audit Finds

Carimah Townes | ThinkProgress | Reader Supported News | June 22, 2014

California State Auditors report criticized California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for illegal sterilizations in women’s prison, which were done without consent and grossly violated prison policy. The audit, requested by, California Legislative Women’s Caucus, was completed in response to findings from the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) last July.

Between fiscal years 2005-2006 and 2012-2013, 144 bilateral tubal ligations, or tube-tying procedures, were carried out. According to the report, tubal ligations are generally done “for the sole purpose of sterilization,” so prisons must follow strict guidelines to perform them.

Auditors found that 39 of 144 did not give full consent. In 27 of the 39 procedures, the physician did not sign a consent form guaranteeing that the “inmate appeared mentally competent and understood the lasting effects of the procedure.” And in 18 of the 39 cases, physicians violated the required waiting period between the inmate’s consent and the actual procedure. Inmates who did give consent did not have a witness of choice, as required by prison medical regulations. Physicians did not document their conversations with inmates about the sterilization process with any of the 144 inmates. And none of the procedures were authorized by an oversight committee of state medical professionals.

“This audit demonstrates there is a systemic problem, and implicates the entire culture. The right to have a family is a fundamental right that each of us has. Many of these women are first-time offenders and already have families,” claimed Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, a member of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, in response to the audit.

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