BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday overturned a lower-court decision that a Massachusetts prisoner suffering from gender identity disorder was entitled to receive a taxpayer-funded sex change operation.
The state’s prison system is not violating the prisoner’s rights under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects inmates from cruel and unusual punishment, by not providing gender reassignment surgery to Michele Kosilek, who was convicted of murder in 1992, the 1st U.S Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.
BOSTON (Reuters) – The leader of a Boston group of gay U.S. military veterans said on Tuesday his organization had reached a deal to march in the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, which has long banned openly gay groups.
But at least one high-ranking official on the Allied War Veterans Council, which organizes the parade, denied a deal had been reached to end the stalemate, which this year caused a major sponsor pullout and the city’s first Irish-American mayor in 20 years to skip the event.
BOSTON (Reuters) – The families of nine people killed in a 2012 massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school sued the maker of the gun used in the attack on Monday, saying the weapon should not have been sold because it had no reasonable civilian purpose.
While the AR-15 assault weapon used in the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School was legally sold in Connecticut, the lawsuit contends that the weapon should not have been available to 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza. The AR-15 is manufactured by Bushmaster, a privately held company based in Windham, Maine.