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I'll be ending today's blogging with a shout out to U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D. NH) for this:

WASHINGTON — Attorneys would not be able to exclude potential jurors from hearing cases in federal court because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender if legislation introduced in the Senate this week becomes law.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, joined by Sens. Sheldon Whithouse and Susan Collins, reintroduced the legislation earlier this week.

Currently, federal jurors cannot be chosen or excluded from service based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status. The legislation would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list. - BuzzFeed, 1/25/13

Personally, I'll do whatever I can to avoid jury duty but still, no one should be dismissed from being a juror because they're gay.  Shaheen had this to say:
"Our country is founded on the principles of inclusion, acceptance, and equality. The jury selection process in federal courts should reflect those principles. We simply can't tolerate discrimination against a potential juror because of sexual orientation or gender identity." - BuzzFeed, 1/25/13
Well said, Senator.  The bill has been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign and the National LGBT Bar Association.  You can call Shaheen's office to get thank her and get the bill number so you can urge your Senator to back back this legislation:

(202) 224-2841

Senator Shaheen is up for re-election.  Show her some gratitude for continuing to stick up for gay rights and donate to her campaign:

And for an extra Friday treat, here's the latest Bad Lip Reading video from PoliPop and Maker Studios:

Originally posted to pdc on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 06:00 PM PST.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, LGBT Kos Community, and Milk Men And Women.

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