The rights of transgender students to use bathrooms of their choosing is now the subject of a lawsuit against the federal government.
Eleven states—Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Maine (on behalf of Gov. Paul LaPage)—all joined a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s recent directive that says schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms associated with their gender identity even if it "differs from previous representations or records.” The federal government said preventing this type of access is a violation of established civil rights laws and Title IX law, which prevents discrimination based on gender.
Schools that don’t observe the directive could lose millions in federal education funding.
However, the new lawsuit alleges that the Obama administration’s policy is unconstitutional and says that the government is subjecting states to “a massive social experiment.” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton explained to The Washington Post that the lawsuit is based on their belief that the federal government “didn’t follow the proper procedures’’ when issuing the policy.
Last month, the issue of transgender restroom access at schools became the subject of national debate after officials in North Carolina passed a law that mandated people could only use public restroom associated with the gender on their birth certificates. North Carolina is also suing over the bathroom law. Discuss
The Oreo-cereal fusion you’ve always dreamed of will soon be a reality. The cookie maker has announced that two new, limited-edition flavors will soon be released to Target stores, and, speaking totally objectively, they sound incredible.
The Blueberry Pie Oreos (they have graham cracker-flavored cookies) and the “Fruity Crisp” Oreos (which are apparently modeled after Fruity Pebbles cereal) will hit shelves on June 6.
We don’t mean to brag, but we totally called this one: A new “Bible Emoji” translation will be made available in Apple iBooks later this week. Marketed as “scripture 4 millennials,” the new Bible adds emojis throughout individual verses, eliminating the need to actually “read” every word of the Word.
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The mind behind the Emoji Bible explained to The Memo, “A major goal of this whole process was to take a book that I think is very non-approachable to lay readers and try to make it more approachable by removing a lot of its density.”
The author—who simply goes by the smiley face wearing sunglasses emoji, told the outlet, that reception to the idea has mixed been, but they still believe in the project:
I’ve received a lot of tweets, some very nice some very, not nice … But it’s all worth the goal of making the Bible a little more approachable, to inject some levity, and to get people to look at it, with no particular agenda beyond that.
The future is now people. A video has surfaced of a man who appears to be fast asleep sitting in the driver’s seat of his Tesla Model S as it drives in extremely heavy traffic. The only problem is, the car’s “Autopilot” mode isn’t meant to completely take over for a driver. And, sleeping behind the wheel is not something anyone recommends at this point.
The automaker sent a statement about the incident to Motortrend, and they explained that, “Tesla Autopilot is designed to provide a hands-on experience to give drivers more confidence behind the wheel, increase their safety on the road, and make highway driving more enjoyable.” Emphasis here on “hands-on”; in other words, not napping.
They said that the autopilot mode “does not turn a Tesla into an autonomous vehicle and does not allow the driver to abdicate responsibility,” adding that drivers are “responsible for remaining alert and present when using Autopilot and must be prepared to take control at all times.”
Completely hands-free self-driving cars could one day greatly reduce traffic, prevent accidents and cut down on carbon emissions, but, for now, it’s a good idea to remain awake if you’re driving down the highway. Discuss
Just a few hours ago, the governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, signed a piece of legislation that outlaws abortions after 20 weeks. The new law is effective immediately.
Like similar legislation elsewhere, the law includes exceptions in the case of a threat to the mother's life or if a doctor doesn’t believe the baby can survive outside the womb. Essentially, this new ban only affects hospitals because, according to the AP, “none of the three abortion clinics in South Carolina provide abortions beyond 15 weeks.”
This new action also carries a strict punishment for those who don’t comply: Doctors would face up to $10,000 in fines and three years in prison for each violation, and after the third violation, prison time is mandatory.
State representative Wendy Nanney, who sponsored the bill, said publicly that she sees this piece of legislations only as a step—her long term goal is to "get rid of abortion altogether."
The AP’s report says that South Carolina's new law is also similar to other states’ in that it ties a child’s age to conception. That’s a little complicated, though, because that date can’t be exactly determined. So, this law actually uses the gestational age of 22 weeks.
Shocking to no one, Planned Parenthood’s spokesman wasn’t happy. Discuss