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Planned Parenthood Rejects Trump’s New Family Planning Rules

On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it would begin implementing President Trump’s new Title X rules that require that entities receiving Title X family planning grant money must physically and financially separate their family planning services from those that provide or refer for abortions.

Enforcing these rules would cut nearly $60 million from Planned Parenthood’s budget. That hasn’t stopped the abortion giant from defiantly rejecting any future Title X funding, using its own “emergency fund” to continue performing and referring abortions. Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report shows the organization received nearly a billion dollars in annual private revenue and contributions, and it will continue to receive more than $500 million from taxpayers even without the Title X money.

Incidentally, one day after HHS’s announcement, Planned Parenthood’s board terminated the employment of its president, Dr. Leana Wen, citing that the organization needs a more aggressive leader.

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Georgia Passes Pro-LGBT Bill Allowing Non-Biological Same-Sex ‘Parent’ Custody Rights

Georgia’s House Bill 543, the last bill to win legislative approval during the Peach State’s legislative session, might have flown under the radar largely unnoticed by the majority of Georgians but not the LGBT community.

Ryan Lee of Georgia Voice, a pro-LGBT news outlet, said, “When Gov. Kemp signed the bill into law May 6, Georgia quietly became a national leader in protecting LGBTQ parents.”

The new law, which was approved with near-unanimous votes in both chambers and signed by Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp, will allow any person, including the non-biological “parent” in a same-sex marriage, to petition a superior court judge for custody rights if he or she can show proof of a “permanent, unequivocal, committed and responsible parental role in the child’s life.”

How did the state miss the real meaning behind this bill? Writing for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jim Galloway says that the bill’s relevance to LGBT parents never came up in committee hearings or floor debate. Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, who teaches family law at Emory University School of Law, said, “I think people knew this was going to help a [small] number of people—and some of those people were gay people—who had been functioning in reality as parents. But I don’t think there was interest in making that issue a public talking point.”

The law goes into effect July 1.

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump Rule Barring Title X Funds to Abortion Providers

U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. McShane has issued a temporary injunction blocking a Trump administration rule on the use of Title X family planning funds that was set to go into effect on May 3.

Specifically at issue are two aspects of the rule. The first is a so-called “gag” rule that prohibits taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers. In addition, the judge enjoined the “separation” rule that requires both fiscal and operational separation between the family planning and abortion services.

The ruling comes from a case filed in Oregon by the attorneys general of 20 states and the District of Columbia challenging the rule. Judge McShane has at least initially resisted the plaintiffs’ requests that the injunction be applied nationally. Attorneys for the Department of Justice asked the scope be limited to the plaintiffs’ states.

Judge McShane indicated that he will make his decision on the scope of the injunction in a written opinion to come out later.

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FACT Files Rule 60 Motion in Williamson County Chancery Court

On Monday, the Constitutional Government Defense Fund, a strategic litigation initiative of The Family Action Council of Tennessee, filed a Motion for Relief from Judgment in the Chancery Court in Williamson County, Tenn., asking the court to set aside its earlier judgment dismissing the claims of five Williamson County residents related to the administration of Tennessee’s marriage licensing statutes by the Williamson county clerk following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Earlier this year, it was learned that the provisions in Tennessee’s Constitution that prohibit the state from licensing marriages between two people of the same sex were deliberately not enjoined by the federal court that heard the same-sex “marriage” lawsuit filed against Gov. Haslam.

The basis of the motion is those constitutional provisions still apply and they expressly make “void and unenforceable” “purporting to define marriage as anything other than the historical institution and legal contract between one man and one woman.”

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Taylor Swift Funds LGBT Advocacy Group

Singer Taylor Swift, who grew up in Nashville, gave $113,000 to Tennessee Equality Project, an LGBT organization that lobbies at the state Capitol.

Along with the donation, Swift sent a note to Executive Director Chris Sanders that said, “Dear Chris, I’m writing you to say that I’m so inspired by the work you do, specifically in organizing the recent petition of Tennessee faith leaders standing up against the ‘Slate of Hate’ in our state legislature.”

That “slate” includes a bill to prevent adoption/foster care placement agencies from being sued for not placing children with same-sex couples if doing so is based on religious or moral conviction, as well as Family Action of Tennessee’s Business Protection Act and School Protection Act.

Last year, Swift broke her silence concerning her personal political views to endorse Phil Bredesen for Senate over then-Congressman Marsha Blackburn and said in reference to Blackburn’s viewpoint, “These are not MY Tennessee values.”

Well, Ms. Swift, we say in reference to what you are now endorsing, “These are not OUR Tennessee values.”

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