Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Attacks Continues!

The Republican attack on our Human Rights continues.

The latest attempts to nullify our existence come from Tennessee.
Tennessee has declared war on same-sex families: Inside the legislation that would eradicate nearly all rights for LGBT couples
A brace of bills in the Tennessee statehouse is aimed at rolling back gains made by during Obama administration
Salon
By Nico Lang
February 27, 2017

Filed by State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, House Bill 1406 would prevent a couple from listing on the birth certificate the second parent (the spouse not giving birth) after a woman becomes pregnant through artificial insemination. The legislation would nullify a provision of the Tennessee Code Annotated 68-3-306, which was issued as part of the Vital Records Act of 1977. The law states, “A child born to a married woman as a result of artificial insemination, with consent of the married woman’s husband, is deemed to be the legitimate child of the husband and wife.”

If Weaver’s bill passes, Heather would not be considered the legal guardian of the child on the way. In order to gain that status, she would have to file for a second-parent adoption, a process that’s both costly and time intensive. The couple is raising a daughter the two adopted four years ago and it cost $6,500 for Heather and Chariety to gain her custody.
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If Charitey were to be in a car wreck, for instance, Heather could make legal decisions for her but not for their expected child. The  newborn would have no rights to Heather’s inheritance or her insurance — an added complication for the couple. If HB 1406 were to be passed, it would go into effect on July 1, three months before Charitey is expected to give birth. Heather receives health care benefits through her workplace, but if the new baby would not be longer eligible for that coverage, who would pay for the hospital costs?
These bills are vengeful, draconian to deny us of our human rights.

They fly against the 2015 Supreme Court decision and against the Fourteenth Amendment.

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