Wisconsin, Illinois sued over prohibition on name changes for persons required to register as sex offenders

Attorneys sued Wisconsin and Illinois Wednesday over laws that forbid transgender individuals from changing their names if they have certain criminal convictions. Both federal lawsuits argue that the states are violating free speech rights and are preventing people from expressing how they identify themselves. In Wisconsin, registered sex offenders are forbidden to change their names and face up to six…

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Just another sex offender law that won’t accomplish anything

By Guy Hamilton-Smith . . . An effort by New York City officials to address subway sexual offenses like nonconsensual touching and public lewdness is gathering momentum, but their proposals miss the mark and won’t solve the problem. City Councilmember Chaim Deutsch’s office told The Appeal that it is in the process of drafting legislation that would impose a lifetime…

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