May 2016 Newsletter

Transgender & Transsexual

The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology- determine reality.
– “Gender Ideology Harms Children,” American College of Pediatricians Report,
April 6, 2016

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May 20, 2016 Radio Commentary

Two New Laws Signed by Governor Deal

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, May 20, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

On April 26th S.B. 331 became Act 361, when Governor Deal signed it into law. As you know, the governor had 40 days from the end of the session to sign or veto bills that passed this year. But failure to sign a bill does not mean it won’t become law. All bills that pass become law with or without the governor’s signature … except the ones he vetoes.

S.B. 331 went back and forth between the House and Senate for six weeks before it finally passed March 24th, and went to the governor’s desk seven days later. Effective April 26th, four Georgia laws now authorize termination of parental rights of the father of a child conceived by non-consensual sexual contact or when the mother was less than ten years of age.

That amendment changed the Juvenile Code, the domestic relations Code, certain adoption laws, and the superior court petitioning process for termination of parental rights.

The amendment could affect the child’s name, legitimation and inheritance, but it would not affect the child’s right to inherit from the father whose parental rights were terminated. However, that father could not inherit from or through that child. Continue reading

May 13, 2016 Radio Commentary

Why Deal Vetoed RFRA

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, May 13, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

On March 28, 2016, Governor Nathan Deal explained his veto of H.B. 757 that was introduced as the Pastor Protection Act, and became an issue to him when it was amended into the more comprehensive religious liberty bill that passed.

In the complete transcript of his explanation about the veto, Governor Deal referred to cases in other states. Concerning the New Mexico photographer who refused to photograph a same-sex wedding, the governor explained that New Mexico’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act was NOT used in that decision, because it did not apply to the case.

However, New Mexico’s Human Rights Act was used to determine the outcome of the photographer’s case. But, Georgia has NO Human Rights Act that could require a business to compromise religious beliefs to satisfy customers.

Then he cited the bakery case in Colorado where Colorado’s Public Accommodation Act prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Georgia has NO public accommodations act prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. We dodged THAT bullet this year, when H.B. 849 whimpered and died in committee, but the issue is far from dead. Continue reading

May 6, 2016 Radio Commentary

Campus Carry Loopholes Closed by Veto

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, May 6, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

In the 40 days following the session, Governor Deal vetoed a total of 16 bills – four Senate bills and twelve House bills – and explained exactly why they should not become law.

To explain his Day 40 veto of the Campus Carry Bill, he reached back to a 2008 Supreme Court case to quote Justice Scalia, whose opinion included the most complete explanation of the Second Amendment ever contained in a Supreme Court opinion. Justice Scalia said, “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is NOT unlimited. From Blackstone through the 19th century cases, commentators and courts routinely explained that the right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose … nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on … laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings…”

Then, Governor Deal went further back to the October 4, 1824 minutes of the Board of Visitors of the newly created University of Virginia. Present at that meeting were Thomas Jefferson and James Madison – one was principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the other, principal author of the U.S. Constitution. This is their rule concerning students and firearms, “No student shall, within the precincts of the University, introduce, keep or use any spirituous or venomous liquors, keep or use weapons or arms of any kind….” Continue reading