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Prof. Emerita; Historian/Evidence Pro/SCOTUS Bar; JD Harvard; Independent; Slave Descendant; WD Carter’s daughter; also @wddaughter; Yes I said that.
Jul 20 26 tweets 4 min read
This description is not quite correct. The bill would require one state to recognize a marriage that is legal in another state. It could not make every state adopt same sex marriage. Now the idea I guess is people who don’t have it would travel elsewhere to marry and then come home. Happens with hetero couples. Eventually, everyone could marry.
Jul 17 11 tweets 2 min read
You can comment on this proposed regulation by the US Department of Education that would require schools treat students consistent with gender id. Comment period ends Sept 12. Submit any comments or attachments in Microsoft Word format.

regulations.gov/document/ED-20… I suggest comments by US citizens would be most helpful, unless commenter is an expert in some relevant field (including government, science, education etc.) or otherwise has a unique insight.
Jun 24 49 tweets 6 min read
The US Supreme Court, in the Dobbs case, has ruled that the states, not the federal courts, determine a woman’s right to an abortion generally, and upheld the state of Mississippi’s restriction on abortion after the 15th week. supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf… In so doing, they overruled two cases—Roe v Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v Casey (1992) that read together determined one could have an abortion up to the time of viability, that is, the unborn’s ability to survive outside the womb which all conceded as later than 15 weeks.
Jun 24 14 tweets 9 min read
@JoshuaMZeitz @jbouie I think the difference is the abortion argument relied on the 14th amendment which was mid century. (Mistake). The 2d amendment was much earlier and in the original bill of rights. @JoshuaMZeitz @jbouie These cases are driven by big advocacy groups. I think they intentionally wanted to force the court to decide it under the 14th or overturn Roe because the groups have hinged larger “gender” arguments to the 14th.
Jun 23 21 tweets 2 min read
My view: SCOTUS was correct in at least two decisions today. First held that states that license guns (all) cannot impose on law abiding adult citizens a requirement that they show a special need for it. NYSPRA v Bruen, No. 20-843. SCOTUS looks at US history and holds adult law abiding citizens have right to have gun in home and public subject to license for self defense. Some limits allowed like prohibiting in schools or gov’t buildings or denying to felons but NY’s law went too far.
May 16 4 tweets 1 min read
The left is a coalition made up of (some) women (including lesbians), racial minorities, disability advocates, gun control advocates, immigrant groups,
gay men (including powerful white gay men w/ lots of assets), trans people etc. But the money & power lies w/ the white males. The conservatives would not move on race or sex discrimination & immigration so that created an environment for the fringe to woo the groups concerned.
May 16 26 tweets 5 min read
Think. I have always said this battle is about the desire of well off white gay men to have the same rights they perceive well off straight men have. To do that, reliance on biology in law must go. It is a class battle also. The well off always want to suppress speech. I have followed the cases-filed papers in some of them. I know the crappy arguments the @ACLU and government has made as they claimed to be defending minority or female rights.
May 16 4 tweets 1 min read
Because if they can censor speech that is racial in nature, they feel they can stop you from calling a trans woman a man or make you use certain pronouns. Black people’s only role is as their mercenaries. You see? The pattern is repeated over and over again. Never have so many white people on the left spoken up as concerned about race with respect to every subject under the sun.
May 16 4 tweets 2 min read
@MeetThePress So @chucktodd describes the Buffalo killer as “a kid, really.”
Following the fringe left, Mr. “Wanna-Keep-My-Job-Todd” must blame speech and ideology (but not his own) for the murders. Eighteen is old enough to know not to murder. Todd will jump as high as the fringe says “jump” to suppress free speech, even if it harms black people. No amount of moralizing would have helped this murderer. The electric chair or life in prison is where he belongs.
May 8 17 tweets 3 min read
Opinion: Far left “progressive” Democrats miscalculated badly on abortion and birth control. They conditioned women’s rights on the right of trans identified males to be considered women. They convinced themselves women would surrender biology, rather than surrender on abortion. Planned parenthood gave out hormones. Women’s journals had to change their names and content to be “inclusive”. Women’s history was replaced with fake history. Female scholars were excluded from scholarship if they would not agree “trans women are women.”
May 8 24 tweets 3 min read
Depp v Heard: Want to address something several you tube lawyers are talking about. Amber Heard’s referred to a claim that Depp pushed former gf Kate Moss down stairs (rejected by Depp and Moss I think). That may have been a BIG unforced error.
May 6 22 tweets 3 min read
Regarding Depp v Heard, for those not familiar with the US system, understand that US cases/trials are divided into civil & criminal. (You can also have administrative hearings but let’s put that aside.) Criminal cases begin with an indictment, often after an arrest. Criminal charges are determined by prosecutors who work for the state or the feds. We call them government lawyers here.
Mar 1 15 tweets 2 min read
I grow tired of women talking, talking making same points over and over again as if they think that if they just said the same thing one more time but a different way, people would listen. THEY ARE NOT LISTENING. YOU MUST SUE UNDER TITLE IX. Ah, I feel better now. You will likely lose the Title IX the case at first because you must file with an agency -OCR-that must investigate. The Biden folks will try to drag it out and are on record supporting males in female sport.
But you can appeal the agency decision to a federal court.
Mar 1 9 tweets 2 min read
So this is the @ACLUTx lawsuit against Texas officials to overturn rule holding parents accountable for child abuse of they submit their “trans” children to certain care that purports to alter their sex. aclutx.org/sites/default/… The claims are state court claims including that policy violates Texas APA, is ultravires, Tx. due process for parents; Tx. equal protection.
Feb 12 14 tweets 2 min read
The press is not telling you that a big hurdle in the reauthorization of the violence against women act was the Dem’s attempt to merge sex and gender. Dems were willing to hold up protections gor women unless language effectively equating transwomen with women was included. The Democrats’ bill effectively required that gender identity instead of sex be used to House prisoners thus placing transfemales with females;
Apr 13, 2021 20 tweets 4 min read
@BrockmanAlison @HarvLRev Thank you @harvlrev. “Morality” claims are too often calls to oppress by suppressing valid points of view. The coverage of a circuit court case is appropriate. The piece is well written.
Jun 2, 2020 7 tweets 1 min read
The brief filed on behalf of Judge Emmett Sullivan is a huge waste of time and money. Counsel should have advised him to just admit error and grant the motion, but issue an order to show cause on contempt to Flynn for perjury. Here is the brief. int.nyt.com/data/documenth…
Dec 22, 2019 25 tweets 4 min read
Misgendering lawsuit has been brought alleging workplace discrimination in alleged violation of Oregon state law. Plaintiff identifies as transmasculine. Initially filed workplace discrimination complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries against Nike and its IT contractor, Mainz Brady Group.