ACLU sues Alabama over transgender people and driver’s licenses

February 7, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Alabama filed a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s policy of restricting access to drivers’ licenses for transgender people that accurately reflect their gender identity.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three people who report that they experienced this discrimination.

“Transgender people, like all people, deserve to live their lives without the government compromising their privacy, safety, autonomy, dignity, or equality,” Gabriel Arkles, senior staff attorney with the ACLU, said. “All people have a right to make their own healthcare decisions free from government coercion. They have a right to keep their personal information private. They have a right not to endorse a message from the government with which they disagree. They have the right not to be discriminated against by the government for who they are. And in addition to endangering transgender people, Alabama’s policy — and other policies like it — violate the law.”

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Mo Brooks recovering from Prostatectomy

December 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, December 15, 2017, Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, announced that he had undergone the prostatectomy he mentioned during a House floor speech on Wednesday, December 13.

The procedure went well according to Brooks’ family and the Congressman is recovering. Results from full pathology tests will be available in the coming weeks, but preliminary lab tests came back clear, indicating that all cancer was removed with the prostate. Congressman Brooks is currently scheduled to return home on Saturday to recuperate. Congressman and Mrs. Brooks are very grateful for all of the texts, calls, prayers, and well wishes.
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US Rep. Mo Brooks diagnosed with prostate cancer

December 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, announced on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday that he has prostate cancer.

“This is a very difficult speech for me to give. God works in mysterious ways,” Brooks said. “When you are an elected official, missed votes require an explanation. That is why I disclose this otherwise very personal, very private, and very humbling matter.  On Halloween Night after votes and as I stood on the Capitol steps, my doctor called and said, ‘Congressman Brooks. Bad news. You have high risk prostate cancer.’ I felt an adrenalin rush as a chill went up and down my spine.”

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