Culpepper, DMV settle lawsuit
DMV ordered by court to get rid of transphobic policy
ANDERSON — Chase Culpepper and the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles have settled a lawsuit that should have never even happened.
The parties settled a lawsuit challenging the state Department of Motor Vehicles’ policy governing a person’s freedom of choice to take a driver’s license photo wearing makeup.
Federal court documents show Chase Culpepper’s lawsuit was settled at the beginning of this week.
Mr. Culpepper regularly wears makeup and women’s clothing. After passing a driving test last year, his rights were blatantly violated by DMV officials when they ordered him to remove his makeup because of an illegal, unconstitutional policy that bans license photos when someone is ‘purposefully altering his or her appearance’.
The New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund slammed the DMV with a lawsuit, and it was obvious the agency was in the wrong and was gonna lose.
The DMV has agreed to alter its policy to allow people to wear makeup in photos regardless of their gender. The Culpepper family will see that the agency actually follows through on this promise and not just say it because it makes them and the state look good in the media.
Co-eds killed in Bryan County crash
PEMBROKE, Ga. — Five co-eds, including one from Millen, were all killed in a fiery crash involving a tanker rig on Interstate 16 in Bryan County.
All of the fatal crash victims were in-state co-eds and sorority girls.
Emily Clark of Powder Springs; Morgan Bass of Leesburg; Abbie Deloach of Savannah; Catherine (McKay) Pittman of Alpharetta and Caitlyn Baggett of Millen, all 21-years-old; perished in the crash.
Traffic is still blocked on all east bound lanes headed back and are thus shutdown. The Bryan County Coroner’s Office is still at the scene of the incident.
A total of seven vehicles were involved: three tractor trailers, two pickup trucks, and two passenger cars.
Here is President Keel’s full statement:
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of a tragedy that took place this morning. Several Georgia Southern students died and two were injured in an early morning crash on I-16 eastbound near Savannah.
We are unable to release the names of these students at this time because we are awaiting notification to families.
Every one of our students contributes in no small measure, to the Eagle Nation. The loss of any student, especially in a tragic way, is particularly painful. Losing five students is almost incomprehensible.
Our hearts go out to the families, friends and classmates of these students.
The University flag will fly at half-staff Thursday in their memory. Memorial arrangements are pending.
Let me urge those particularly touched by this tragedy to avail themselves of counseling services, and I urge all members of the University community to support each other during this time.
Members of the University community may obtain support services from the Counseling Center at 912-478-5541.
Brittney McDaniel of Reidsville and Megan Richards of Loganville, both also 21, are in hospitals. Ms. Richards is scheduled to arrive at an Augusta hospital.
N.C. House panel approve of unconstitutional waiting periods on abortion
RALEIGH — The North Carolina State House of Representatives’ panel went against the will of the people and decided to pass a bill requiring an unconstitutional three-day waiting period for abortions.
The twin 20-10 votes on HB 465 sent the bill to the floor. The first 20-10 vote stripped language that would have automatically stripped all medical schools in the state of their accreditation by banning medical students from being taught how to perform abortions.
The second vote was on a three-day waiting period that does nothing to protect women and everything to harm them.
Melissa Reed, vice president for public policy of Planned Parenthood of the South Atlantic, called the hearing “a total sham”.
“It is already shameful that legislators are putting their own political ideologies over women’s health with this bill, but to then silence the voices of those who seek to remove politics from health care is truly deplorable,” said Reed in a statement. “With the committee’s decision to not give time to both sides of such a critical issue, they have made their intentions even more clear that politics, not women’s health, is driving this legislation.”
Rep. Verla Insko (D-Orange County/Hillsborough) called the proposal a “paternalistic bill,” saying it’s not medically necessary and goes against the stance the Republican legislative majority has taken in other instances that people need to live with the consequences of their decisions.
“We are removing a woman’s right to have control over her own body,” she said. “I think that’s one of the worst things that happens to a woman is to have someone else make decisions about her body.”
Courtney Mitchell, spokeswoman for the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology & UNC Women’s Care, said prohibiting the schools from instructing medical residents on how to perform abortions could have jeopardized their accreditation.
“If our educational programs in obstetrics and gynecology/women’s health were not accredited, there would be a significant impact on the medical care of women throughout North Carolina,” Ms. Mitchell wrote in an email to WRAL.