A transgender woman is suing CrossFit for refusing to allow her to compete in a women's-only division of their annual fitness competition. 34-year-old Chloie Jonsson of Northern California was born a male but now identifies as female, but that hasn't changed the mind of the popular gym, who claims that scientifically Chloie would have an advantage over the other female athletes.
The transgender woman is suing CrossFit in Santa Cruz Superior Court for $2.5 million for discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress and unfair competition, according to the Associated Press. The Reebok CrossFit Games require all registrants to enter as the gender they were born with, but Jonsson and her lawyer, Waukeen McCoy, say that the effects of her masculinity and testosterone have been nullified since her gender reassignment surgery eight years ago.
However, CrossFit's attorney Dale Saran, posted a letter on an online discussion board refuting Jonsson's claims by pointing to basic biology. more >>
Joran van der Sloot will not step foot on U.S. soil before 26 years pass, Peruvian officials said this weekend. Once those 26 years are up, van der Sloot will be extradited to the U.S. and he will likely face questioning for his part in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
Van der Sloot was reportedly with Holloway in 2005, when she disappeared during a school trip to Aruba. She was later pronounced dead, and van der Sloot went to Peru. Five years after Holloway's death, Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez went missing, and van der Sloot was the main suspect. He confessed to her murder, and was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
He has already served two years, which means that he will be eligible for release in 26 years. Peruvian officials have agreed to extradite van der Sloot to the U.S. where he has been indicted on charges of extortion and wire fraud. He is accused of trying to extort money from Natalee Holloway's mother in exchange for information about her whereabouts. more >>
A former vice principal who says he was fired from his job for being gay is suing the Catholic high school that fired him and the local archdiocese in Seattle, Wash.
In the lawsuit, Mark Zmuda alleges that he was fired from Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, Wash. in December 2013 after the school's administration learned he had recently married his same-sex partner. Zmuda is arguing for wrongful termination, violation of public policy, and violation of Washington's anti-discrimination laws. Both Eastside Catholic and the Archdiocese of Seattle are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
According to The Seattle Times, Zmuda's lawyers argue their client, as the vice principal at the school, served an administrative role that was not affiliated with the school's Catholic doctrine. This argument, as the local newspaper notes, works with a recent state Supreme Court ruling that says religious nonprofits cannot fire an employee based on religious beliefs if the employee's job was unrelated to religion. more >>
Conservative groups have criticized Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's recent decision to not appeal a judge's ruling that struck down part of the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Conway, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he will not be appealing a Feb. 12 ruling by U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II that determined Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. Conway said in a statement that he has chosen not to appeal Judge Heyburn's ruling because doing so would be "defending discrimination." Shortly after his announcement, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, also a Democrat, said the state will hire outside attorneys to appeal Heyburn's ruling.
Beshear said in a statement that the definition of marriage "will be and should be ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in order to bring finality and certainty to this matter," adding that "the people of this country need to know what the rules will be going forward. Kentucky should be a part of this process." more >>
As Oscar Pistorius' trial continues, more is being revealed about what happened the day he allegedly shot his girlfriend, Reva Steenkamp, to death. One witness has now testified that Pistorius prayed over Steenkamp's body as she lay dying.
"It was obvious that she was mortally wounded," radiologist Johan Stripp testified. "I tried to assist her. I tried to open an airway. I went near her and as I bent down, I also noticed a man on the left, kneeling by her side. He had his left hand on her right groin, and his right hand, the second and third fingers in her mouth."
Stripp said that he saw a wound in Steenkamp's right thigh, upper arm, and the right side of the head. He tried to help in whatever way he could until authorities arrived, but Steenkamp didn't survive the shooting. more >>
A former Tenn. judge who previously ordered a mother to change her son's name from Messiah to Martin has been found guilty of five counts of bias.
On Monday, the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct Disciplinary Counsel censured former judge Lu Anne Ballew, saying she disobeyed her obligations of impartiality when she ordered a mother to change her son's name from Messiah to Martin in 2013. The state's board of judicial conduct said censuring Ballew was the harshest form of punishment they could administer, as the judge already lost her job over the incident that took place in May last year.
According to WBIR-TV, a "public censure" means that Balew's violation of conduct will be put on record, and she may be required to "follow a specified course of corrective action." The news outlet adds that a censure is considered to be a stronger punishment than a public reprimand. more >>