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An e-mail blast from J. Crew, featuring a 5-year-old boy with his toenails painted pink, stirred outrage in people who think painting a boy’s toenails will lead to the child becoming gay or transgender. “These folks are hostile to the gender distinctions that actually are part of the magnificent synergy that creates and sustains the human race.” said Dr. Keith Ablow, a FOX News contributor. The Daily Show offers a nice rebuttal.
The Ohio Senate voted 25-5 Wednesday to allow a gun owners with concealed carry permits to take their weapons into bars. SB 17 now moves to the GOP-controlled Ohio House, where a similar bill stalled in the last legislative session when Democrats held the majority.
A New Jersey transgender man, El’Jai Devoureau, filed a lawsuit after he was fired from his job as a monitor watching men urinate into plastic cups at a drug treatment center. His supervisor heard he was transgender on his second day at work, promptly firing him because, according the supervisor, the job is one only a man can perform. Devoureau underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2006, and his birth certificate, driver’s license and Social Security records identify him as male.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2011 was introduced in the U.S. Senate with bipartisan co-sponsors. ENDA would prohibit employers, employment agencies, labor organizations and joint labor-management committees from firing, refusing to hire or discriminating against those employed or seeking employment on the basis of their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity.
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, former Ohio Secretary of State, Ken Blackwell and potential GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee have signed on as supporters of Ohio House Bill 125. The legislation, dubbed the “Heartbeat Bill,” would prohibit abortion in Ohio once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, unveiled the GOP plan to reduce the national debt by slashing Medicare and Medicaid while extending the Bush tax cuts. President Barack Obama fired back with a strategy that couples spending cuts with tax increases. Compare the two plans on NYTimes.com.