New Mexico Governor Signs LGBTQ Protections Into Law

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed into law legislation that will expand LGBTQ protections under the New Mexico Human Rights Act.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (image via official Twitter)

Look – some good news for LGBTQ folks!

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed into law legislation that will expand LGBTQ protections under the New Mexico Human Rights Act and remove the requirement that name changes be published in a newspaper. Continue reading “New Mexico Governor Signs LGBTQ Protections Into Law”

New Mexico Becomes 14th State To Pledge Electoral Votes To Winner Of Popular Vote

New Mexico has become the 14th state to join a campaign pledging to award its electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote in future presidential elections if enough states sign on.

New Mexico has become the 14th state to join a campaign pledging to award its electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote in future presidential elections if enough states sign on.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is a response to Hillary Clinton’s winning the popular vote of the 2016 presidential election but denied the White House by the Electoral College.

Clinton won the popular vote by over 3 million votes, but Trump took the prize with 306 electoral votes versus Hillary’s 232.

So far, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington state and the District of Columbia have all joined the movement.

According to CNN, “states would not shift their vote allocations until their combined electoral votes equal 270, enough to decide a presidential election.”

Podcast: Tyson Beckford, Will & Grace, The Amazing Race And More

Who wants to hear me talk on this week’s headlines?

• NBC, having already given the green light to the Will & Grace reboot, wants even more
• I’ve got a favorite on this season’s The Amazing Race, and I bet you will, too
• New Mexico says “no” to so-called ex-gay therapy
• Nebraska finally scrubs it’s anti-LGBT adoption stance
• International supermodel and actor Tyson Beckford talks with me about his residency in Las Vegas as the Celebrity Guest Host for the world famous Chippendales.

All that and more on this episode of The Randy Report. Hit the play button below 🙂

News Round-Up: April 7, 2017

Tyson Beckford

Some news items you may have missed:

• World famous model and actor Tyson Beckford returns to Chippendales tonight as the iconic male revue’s first “Celeb in Residency” in Las Vegas. And he looks ready 🙂

• Will former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney run for Orrin Hatch’s Senate seat next year?

• After denying SCOTUS nominee Judge Merrick Garland any consideration for almost a year, Senate Republicans confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the high court by a vote of 54-45 after utilizing the “nuclear option.”

• Nebraska Supreme Court strikes down longtime ban on gay/lesbian foster parents.

• New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation that bans the use on minors of so-called “conversion therapy” which purports to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Currently, six other states have banned ex-gay torture: California, Illinois, Oregon, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont.

• Virulently anti-LGBT Republican Gov. Robert Bentley is asking folks who are shining a spotlight on his alleged adulterous affair with a staffer to “please stop now.” In a press conference he announced that although he’s “struggled” in the past with temptations, he gave himself completely to God last year, so – all good.

Podcast: Scholarships In Honor Of Pulse Nightclub Victims, Colton Haynes Gets Engaged

Hit the play button below to listen to this week’s Randy Report podcast.

This week’s stories include:

• An Orlando business man is raising money for college scholarships in honor of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting last year

• An LGBT hater tears down and stomps on a Pride flag outside a Congressman’s office

• New Mexico is set to ban so-called “conversion therapy”

• Disney’s live-action reboot of Beauty and the Beast is on track to break box office records this weekend complete with Disney’s first gay character

Arrow/Teen Wolf star Colton Haynes got engaged – complete with fireworks

• NYPD Officer Michael Hance, who captured hearts when he spontaneously danced with a Pride parade marcher, passed away of 9/11-related cancer

New Mexico Poised To Become 7th State To Ban “Ex-Gay” Therapy For Minors

New Mexico appears set to become the seventh state in the U.S. to pass legislation that bans health care workers from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of minors.

According to Buzzfeed News, House Speaker Brian Egolf feels confident the measure will pass in his chamber.

This would be welcome news as religious conservatives across the country have blocked the passage of LGBT nondiscrimination protections in recent years.

Senate Bill 121 would ban licensed health care professionals from any “treatment that seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including any effort to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward persons of the same sex.”

Mental health professionals have widely denounced so-called “ex-gay” or “conversion” therapy as dangerous and harmful to minors. And, it doesn’t work.

The bill passed the New Mexico senate on a 32-6 vote last month, and the House Judiciary Committee advanced the bill on a vote of 5-2 last Wednesday.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has not signaled whether she would sign the bill into law or not.

New Jersey, California, Oregon, Illinois, New York, and Vermont have all passed similar legislation.

In related news, Nevada Democrats have filed Senate Bill 201 which would ban licensed medical professionals from practicing “conversion therapy.”

Bryan Fischer: SCOTUS says it’s a crime to be a Christian

Bryan Fischer tries to put his tiresome spin on the decision by the US Supreme Court to let stand a ruling that found a New Mexico photographer violated the state’s public accommodation laws by refusing services to a gay couple for their commitment ceremony.

Of course, SCOTUS did not rule that it’s against the law to be Christian. They ruled it’s against the law to be a bigot when there are public accommodation laws in place.

US Supreme Court denies appeal of anti-gay New Mexico photographer

In 2006, Elane Photography in New Mexico refused to provide photography services for a commitment ceremony for Vanessa Willock and Misti Collinsworth.

The couple sued the photographer on the basis of violating the state’s public accommodation laws.  Elane Photography felt protected on religious grounds (because takes photos of a lesbian commitment ceremony somehow means you “approve” the event).  Elane Photography lost it’s case at the state supreme court level.  An appeal was filed with SCOTUS.

Today, the US Supreme Court denied the request by Elane Photography. In order to take up a case, at least four Supreme Court justices must agree to consider the case.

That decision means the lawsuit train has stopped in this case. The original ruling stands.

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade:

Had the court taken up the case, justices could have found a constitutional right across the country for individuals to discriminate against LGBT people or refuse services for same-sex weddings ceremonies on the basis of religion.

Anti-gay groups had pointed to the incident as a reason to enact laws in various states to allow individuals and business to refuse services to gay people without fear of reprisal, such as the controversial “turn away the gay” bill recently vetoed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and signed into law by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. Other bills along those lines are pending in numerous states — Kansas, Mississippi and Georgia — but have seen resistance going forward.