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Tennessee Becomes Latest State To Use “Religious Liberty” As A Justification For LGBT Discrimination

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HB 1840 allows mental health professionals to refuse service to LGBT persons based on a “sincerely held religious belief” Tennessee state lawmakers Wednesday afternoon passed HB 1840, a bill that would effectively allow mental health professionals to refuse service to anyone based on the “religious liberty” of the counselor, therapist, or …

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President Obama Takes On Solitary Confinement

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Today’s edition of the Washington Post contains an op-ed by President Obama outlining a series of executive actions on the use of solitary confinement in American federal prisons.  Currently around 100,000 inmates are serving time in solitary confinement.  The Justice Department’s research has found a high incidence of depression, withdrawal,  exacerbated …

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