Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota also on the list

Official portrait as attorney general of California

In keeping with a new law that bans government funded travel to states with anti-LGBT laws, California has added Texas to its list of states that will not be part of state funded travel.

Texas recently passed an adoption law that allows adoption agencies to deny services based on religious beliefs, a law that many, not excluding California, felt was discriminatory towards the LGBT community.

“I am adding four states to the list of states where California-funded or sponsored travel will be restricted on account of the discriminatory nature of laws enacted by those states,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Thursday. “While the California [Department of Justice] works to protect the rights of all our people, discriminatory laws in any part of our country send all of us several steps back.

Other states already on California’s list are Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. Thursday saw the addition of Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota.

Alabama was banned due to passage of a similar adoption law; Kentucky, for allowing student-run organizations in colleges and K-12 schools to discriminate against classmates based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and South Dakota for passing a law that could prevent qualified LGBT couples from adopting or serving as foster parents.

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Michigan Bill Mandates Joint Custody

by admin on June 23, 2017

Domestic abuse cases would be exempt

Michigan State Capitol

Michigan’s House Judiciary Committee approved a child custody bill that would require judges to award joint custody of children to divorcing parents save for those that fall under the domestic abuse category.

According to Detroit Free Press, the bill came after statistics showed that custody was not determined by the type of parent but rather the type of judge presiding over the case.

“We looked at county by county statistics on what happens in custody situations and what we found out is that the custody arrangements are not determined by the kind of parent that you are, but the judge in the county,” said Rep. Jim Runestad, who sponsored the legislation.

“We have study after study of the benefits of shared parenting. It’s a tremendous benefit for the children.”

The bill has faced stern opposition from several judges, child custody lawyers, advocates against domestic violence and the family law section of the State Bar of Michigan.

“This bill presumes that one form of custody is best for all families and that’s equal time,” said Rebecca Shiemke, of the Michigan Poverty Law program. “And that’s not necessarily true.”

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UK Divorce Lowest in 45 Years

June 23, 2017

Decline partly due to fewer marriages Data published by the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday show that fewer people are getting divorced in England and Wales than at any other time since the law was liberalized in 1971. According to the report, 2015 saw the dissolution of 101,055 marriages, a decrease of 9.1% compared with […]

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UN Slams Australian ‘Forced Transgender Divorce’ Laws

June 23, 2017

Different state and territory governments have been asked to repeal the law Image by ** RCB **  The United Nations has asked Australian state and territory governments to reconsider their transgender divorce laws which require transgender people to divorce prior to changing their birth certificates if they want the latter to reflect the gender they identify […]

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