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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Moore says federal ruling on transgender soldiers in the military is “absolutely ridiculous”

November 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore called a ruling by a federal judge blocking President Donald Trump’s August executive order that banned transgender people from serving in the military “absolutely ridiculous.”

“The decision of a federal judge in the District of Columbia enjoining President Trump’s executive order on transgenderism in the military is absolutely ridiculous and is a perfect example of the outlandish doctrine of judicial supremacy whereby judges exalt themselves over the Constitution they are sworn to uphold,” former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Moore said. “As recently as 2013, the American Psychiatric Association considered transgenderism to be a mental disorder. And only in 2016 did the Obama administration attempt to impose that delusion upon our fighting forces. To say that President Trump cannot prohibit transgenderism in the military is a clear example of judicial activism. Even the United States Supreme Court has never declared transgenderism to be a right under the Constitution.”

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Tankersley Exit Interview Part 2: No rules, no order

August 1, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“Our State needs so much help. There is such a lack of confidence in our elected leaders. The Ethics Commission can help restore that lost confidence,” said Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley in a recent interview with the Alabama Political Reporter.

Tankersley Exit Interview Part 1: Success, collusion, and dismay

While he sees the Ethics Commission’s Executive Director, Tom Albritton, as a champion for a more efficient organization, he worries that the Commission could undercut Albritton’s determination to run an honest shop.

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President Trump bars transgender individuals from military service

July 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

July, 26, 2017, President Trump announced that he was going to ban transgender individuals from serving in the United States Military.

President Trump made the announcement characteristically on Twitter: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
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Roy Moore campaigns in Gardendale

July 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 24, 2017, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore (R) spoke to a packed crowd of the North Jefferson County Republican Club at Jim and Nick’s Barbecue.

Chief Justice Moore thanked, “Bill Armistead my Chairman who has done such a great job and my campaign manager Rich Hobson and my wife, Kayla.”

Quoting Thomas Paine, Judge Moore said, ““These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.”
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Strange Says Injunction of Obama’s Bathroom Policy is a Victory 

August 23, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 22, a Federal Judge has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction requested by Alabama and twelve other states staying the Obama Administration controversial transgender school bathroom access order.

AG Luther Strange (R) said on social media, that this, “Decision is a victory for parents and families all across Alabama. I was proud to join this multi-state lawsuit in May to prevent Alabama schools from being forced to surrender their restroom access policies to social experimenters in Washington.”
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Byrne Says Obama Administration is More Interested in Advancing Political Agenda than Fighting ISIS

July 1, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 30, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) issued a statement in response to the Obama administration’s announcement that they were ending the ban on transgender persons in the military.

Congressman Byrne said: “It is frustrating the Pentagon now has a strategy for transgender service members but they still lack an actual strategy for defeating radical Islamic terrorism. Once again it seems the Obama Administration is more interested in advancing a political agenda than they are in proposing sound policy. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am committed to holding the Obama Administration accountable and ensuring their political agenda does not directly harm our military readiness.”
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Alabama Joins Texas Lawsuit To Thwart Obama’s Transgender Bathroom Policy

May 26, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 25, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) announced that Alabama has joined an 11-state legal challenge to the Obama administration’s recent order that schools must allow students access to restrooms and locker rooms of their gender “identity” rather than their biological sex, or lose federal funding.

Attorney General Strange said in a statement, “President Obama does not have legal grounds to rewrite the law. Congress was absolutely clear that federal law allows schools to have separate facilities based on the ‘sex’ of the individual, not their gender preference. This disturbing attempt to transform America’s classrooms into laboratories for the Obama administration’s social experiments will not stand up to the test of law.”
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Alabama Congressmen Urge President to Withdraw Transgender Policy

May 18, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, May 16, US Representatives Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) joined 37 other members of Congress in asking President Obama to back down from his demands that American schools allow students who claim to be transgender access to the restroom or locker room reflective of their gender identity. The President has threatened to withhold federal dollars from school systems who fail to comply with his demands.
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Obama: Schools Comply With Transgender Agenda or Lose Federal Funding

May 14, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, May 13, President Barack Hussein Obama (D), announced an Executive Order threatening school superintendents with loss of Federal funds, if they do not allow school children to use the bathroom of their choice, based on their chosen gender identity.

State Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) opposes Pres. Obama’s transgender agenda.  Sen. Williams said, “Yesterday, after much thought and prayer, I finalized and filed a bill in the Alabama Senate, in response to the transgender bathroom debate that is ongoing across the nation. Today the Obama administration went even further by issuing an Executive “strong suggestion” to all public schools, and holding the threat of the loss of Federal funds over our superintendents’ heads. My bill is designed as a backstop in the event that this issue is forced on Alabama, in contravention of our existing laws regarding privacy and security. This fight has just begun.”
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