Told you so.
Via USA Today: “COVID is over” might trend within social media circles, but weekly U.S. death tolls tell a different story. The pace of COVID-19 deaths has remained relatively steady since May, despite an uptick in July to about 400 a day, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. In July, more than 12,500 Americans died of COVID-19, according to the USA TODAY analysis. “We’re sitting on this horrible plateau,” said Dr. Daniel Griffin, an infectious disease specialist with Pro Health Care in New York and a clinical instructor of medicine at Columbia University. “It’s been this way for the past couple of months, and we’re getting used to it.”
Translation: “We’re done trying to fix the problem, we now are being “groomed” to live around it.” stage of how we handle all problems in this country.
See also: Homelessness, gun violence, poverty, domestic terrorism and the rising tide of Republican fascism among other things.
The Austin Statesman:
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a Texas ruling that said the right to a marriage license did not entitle same-sex couples to spousal benefits under employee insurance plans.
The city of Houston asked the high court overturn last June’s Texas Supreme Court decision that determined all marriage-related matters were not decided when the U.S. Supreme Court found a right to same-sex marriage.
The federal court’s decision, issued without comment, allows the Texas court’s ruling to stand. Lawyers for Houston argued that the Texas court’s ruling was wrong and short-sighted.
“Equal recognition of same-sex marriage requires more than a marriage license; it requires equal access to the constellation of benefits that the state has linked to marriage,” the city’s lawyers told the court.
The original Texas Supreme Court noted that Obergefell requires states to license and recognize same-sex marriages just as they do opposite-sex marriages but did not hold that “states must provide the same publicly funded benefits to all married persons.”
The question remains that Edie Windsor’s case settled that issue (equal spousal benefits), albeit at the federal level, so SCOTUS declining to hear a case involving equal spousal benefits at the state level is not only puzzling but should also be taken as a warning to us all.
Yesterday we reported about the flurry of news reports that Donald trump is close to signing an Executive Order that would undo many of the LGBT protections set in place by former President Barack Obama.
After hearing of these reports today the White House released the following statement:
President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community. President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election. The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression. The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact at the direction of President Donald J. Trump.
But stating that they will leave Obama’s EO, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact does not mean that it cannot be changed by other means such as a Congressional vote or preclude another executive order that would roll back gay rights in other areas. Mr. Trump could, for example, still enshrine a religious freedom provision in federal policy..
Trump still stands opposed to same-sex marriage and has said he would “strongly consider” appointing a Supreme Court justice who would overturn the high court’s 2015 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. He has surrounded himself with many vocal opponents of LGBT rights. As governor of Indiana, Vice President Mike Pence backed a series of laws that allowed businesses to discriminate against gay people. Many of Trump’s Cabinet picks, including attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), have also been criticized for their anti-LGBT views and are openly bigoted to LGBT people
Also don’t forget that Trump has promised to sign the the anti-LGBT First Amendment Defense Act, which is being reintroduced by its Republican sponsors in Congress, in his first 100 days.
Don’t be fooled kids this ain’t over. Not by a long-shot.