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Let’s talk about marriage. Today, young people get married later. There are more unwed mothers. And gay marriage is winning broad support.
These are three true things about marriage. But three true things about marriage don’t necessarily have anything to do with one another.
The connection between the rise of gay marriage and the fall of straight marriage has been made, most notably, by Times columnist Ross Douthat, who has asked liberals to acknowledge that the mainstreaming of gay marriage just might have led the an increase in unwed moms and the decline of the institution, in general. This is dubious, for two big reasons. First, support for gay marriage is highest among higher-educated, and higher-earning people, who are less likely to have children out of wedlock. Second, if gay marriage were *behind* the rise of unwed mothers and delayed marriage, it would theoretically have to come first. But it didn’t. As we’ll see, out-of-wedlock births and delayed marriage were already underway before the 1990s, when gay acceptance suddenly exploded.
So let’s ask three natural follow-up questions: When did support for gay marriage increase? Why are Millennials getting married later? And what’s behind the rise of unwed mothers?
Where did gay tolerance come from? (Starts with: Late Gen-Xers and Millennials growing up in an era of increasingly gay-friendly media) As defenders of all strains of equality like to say, the arc of history is long, and it bends toward justice. But for gay marriage, it bent particularly quickly and shortly.
We’re going to tell this story in charts. First, between the 1970s and early 1990s, there was practically no change in public attitudes towards gays. In the 20 years after 1990, the gap closed by an astounding 60 points.
Practically NOBODY strongly supported gay marriage in the late 1980s. It was unheard of. Today, it’s mainstream, and about half the gap closed before 2004. Remember: It wasn’t until 2003 that the Supreme Court ruled that gay people shouldn’t be thrown into prison for consensual sex — in the same year, the British government officially allowed the teaching of “the acceptability of homosexuality.” This was an incredibly rapid change.
A group that opposes legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota is being criticized for materials it sent to pastors urging them to take a stance against same-sex marriage in their Sunday sermons, including information that compares the tactics of gay rights activists to Nazi propaganda.
“This is the second time in less than six months that spokespeople for Minnesota for Marriage have compared our respectful conversation and the loving and committed relationships of same-sex couples to Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. Sending this appalling comparison out during Passover and as we approach Easter makes it even more hurtful to people of faith,” said Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families.
Minnesota for Marriage, which opposes legalizing same-sex marriage, called the issue a “smoke screen” by the other side and an example of the kind of attack on religious freedom that can be expected if same-sex marriage is legalized in the state.
“This is simply a desperate attempt to distract Minnesotans in order to convince them that children don’t really need a mother and a father,” said Autumn Leva, a spokeswoman for Minnesota for Marriage. “This distraction just exposes the fact that they have been saying the people of Minnesota have given them a mandate to legalize gay marriage, when all the polls show that they didn’t.”
The group is promoting a “Stand For Marriage Sunday” on April 7. Materials were posted on the group’s website Wednesday,
One section in a document entitled “Sermon Starters” refers to “old ‘gay gene’ studies” cited by homosexuals who say, “We were born this way; it is in our genes; God made us gay.”
“They essentially practice Joseph Goebel’s Nazi philosophy of propaganda, which is basically this: Tell a lie long enough and loud enough and eventually most mindless Americans will believe it,” the document states, misspelling the Nazi figure’s last name.
Minnesota for Marriage faced criticism in the fall when its church outreach director, the Rev. Brad Brandon, compared opponents’ tactics on the gay marriage amendment fight to those used by Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany. Brandon and other Minnesota for Marriage leaders quickly apologized for the “inapt” analogy at the time.
Megan Boldt can be reached at 651-228-5495. Follow her at twitter.com/meganboldt.
The Supreme Court is poised to take the bench today and begin the second half of a term laced with hot button issues such as affirmative action, gay marriage, voting rights and government secrecy.
The justices will hear two potentially blockbuster cases in March concerning gay marriage. One of the cases – Hollingsworth v. Perry – addresses whether there is a fundamental right to same-sex marriage. The other – Windsor v. United States – deals with the federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
In both cases, the court will hear arguments on potential procedural obstacles that could stop it from getting to the core constitutional questions.
The court will also hear a case challenging a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. Section 5 of the law says that certain states with a history of voter discrimination must clear any changes to their election laws with federal officials in Washington. Lawyers for Shelby County, Ala., are challenging the constitutionality of Section 5. The case, called Shelby County v. Holder, will be argued Feb. 27.
The day before, the court will hear arguments in Maryland v. King, a case about whether Maryland officials can collect DNA from someone who has been arrested but not convicted of a crime.
The justices are already working behind the scenes writing and reviewing draft opinions for cases they heard this fall.
Fisher v. University of Texas is a case that could further limit the use of race-conscious admissions policies at public universities. The case was brought by Abigail Fisher, a white student who sued the University in 2008, claiming she had been denied admission based on her race. Justice Elena Kagan is recused from this case, presumably because she dealt with it in her previous job as solicitor general.
They are also considering a case closely watched by human rights groups and big business that addresses whether corporations can be held liable for alleged violations of international law under a federal law called the Alien Tort Statute. At oral arguments, a skeptical Justice Samuel Alito questioned why the case was in the U.S. courts in the first place.
“Why does this case belong in the courts of the United States when it has nothing to do with the United States other than the fact that a subsidiary of the defendant has a big operation here?”
Several human rights groups want to challenge the constitutionality of a 2008 federal statute that expanded the authority of federal officials to conduct secret electronic surveillance of foreign citizens who are in other countries. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/supreme-court-hear-electronic-surveillance-case/story?id=17564982, as well as a case that considers whether the sniff of a police dog on the front porch of a person’s home constitutes a search and requires a warrant.
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May 1, 2012 US_Occupy Oakland comeback marred by tear gas attacks Hundreds of protests for workers' rights were held all over the United States on May Day. Oakland, California saw one of the nation's most high-profile rallies since the Occupy Wall Street encampments protesting the gap between the superrich and the poor came down in the fall. Crowds blocked intersections in the city, trying to force businesses to shut down for not observing calls for a “general strike”
The U.S. Supreme Court did not address the California gay-marriage case on Monday morning. The next time they might make an announcement on the issue is Friday.
The case against Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in California, had been discussed by justices last Friday, but was not on the list of cases the court said it would review.
Many speculated that the court might have decided not to take the case, which would let an appeals court ruling on the matter stand. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found earlier this year that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional, clearing the way for same-sex marriage in California unless the Supreme Court decides to get involved.
TIMELINE: Gay marriage since 2000
But the matter will remain in suspense for a while longer. The court could continue to discuss the case at conferences this year and early next year in advance of possibly hearing the case in June. They could also hold the matter over for the fall.
Gay-marriage activists expressed disappointment that there was no news Monday.
“We understand that it is a complex case, and if they need another week to reach the right decision, we’re fine with that,” said Adam Umhoefer, executive director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which is fighting to overturn Proposition 8.
Timeline: Gay marriage in the United States
Mark Carney To The Bank Of England
In this video I detail how the ex-Goldman Sachs banker, Mark Carney, has now left the head of one central bank (Canada) to complete the Goldman Sach's domination of Europe by becoming the governor of the Bank of England. On the surface, it would appear that Carney has left Canada in great shape and is going to 'fix up' England, but the upon closer inspection we find that this departure of Carney has come directly as the housing bubble as begun to burst as we witness the first stages of the collapse of the housing market. One has to wonder if THIS is what Mark Carney was discussing, when we attended Bilderberg this year. I also make a prediction that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will be set up as the fall-person for this entire collapse, despite the truth being that this was due to the destructive record-low interest rate policy of the Bank Of Canada and Mark Carney.From:OnTheBrinkBookViews:30 7ratingsTime:08:59More inEducation
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Posters of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are held aloft at a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Nov. 25 supporting his U.N. bid for Palestinian nonmember-state status. (Majdi Mohammed / AP Photo)
If you think the last couple of weeks have empowered Hamas, empowered the Israeli right, and harmed the chances of Israeli-Palestinian peace, just wait. Things are about to get worse.
Theyre about to get worse because this Thursday, on the 65th anniversary of the United Nations resolution to partition British Mandatory Palestine, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to ask the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestine as a nonmember state. For Abbas, going to the U.N. makes all the sense in the world. For years, hes been doing what the United States has asked. Hes cooperated with Israel against terrorism. Hes affirmed Israels right to exist. But its gotten him nowhere. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to continue the negotiations that Abbas was conducting with his predecessor Ehud Olmert, negotiations both men say were close to fruition. Netanyahu has publicly rejected U.S. President Barack Obamas suggestion that the goal of talks be the creation of a Palestinian state near the 1967 lines. And Israeli settlement growth continues, making Palestinians ever more pessimistic that a Palestinian state is still possible.
Meanwhile, Hamas grows stronger. Last fall, its 2006 abduction of Gilad Shalit led to the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. This fall, its rocket fire on Israel appears to have won greater freedom of movement for Gazan farmers and fisherman. More Middle Eastern governments are recognizing Hamas rule, and its popularity is growing, including in the West Bank. So its hardly surprising that Abbas sees a bid for U.N. recognition as a last chance to bolster his support and show Palestinians that the path of nonviolence, and recognition of Israels existence, still offers hope. Close observers say Abbas plans to use his victory at the General Assembly to jettison his condition that Israel freeze settlement growth and finally begin serious peace talks.
But in practice, Abbass bid will likely have exactly the opposite effect. For one thing, the Obama administration has no interest in using Abbass U.N. bid to restart serious talks right now. Partly, its a question of personnel. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on her way out. Dennis Ross, who coordinated Mideast policy at the National Security Council, left a year ago and has not been replaced. The office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, formerly led by George Mitchell, barely functions anymore. In the words of one Democratic Middle East insider, There is currently no one in the [U.S.] government who works on the peace process. If America wanted to make a move, youd literally have to hire someone. Even among those Obama-administration officials who do focus on Israel-Palestinian issues, its taken for granted that the United States cannot launch any initiatives until Israeli elections early next year.
In their effort to convince Abbas to shelve his U.N. bid, Obama officials have dangled no U.S. initiatives to restart the peace process. What theyve offered instead is threats that if Abbas pushes forward at the U.N., then Israel, and Congress, will retaliate harshly. U.S. officials have told the Palestinians that, as one close observer puts it, its not going to be like last time [Abbas went to the U.N.]. If this happens again, youll be fucked. Youll lose your funding.
Abbas recently told Ban Ki-moon that if Israel retaliates against his U.N. bid, I will invite Netanyahu to [the Palestinian Authoritys headquarters] in Ramallah and I will give him the keys.
Rationally, it makes no sense for Israel, or Congress, to retaliate against Abbass U.N. bid by starving the Palestinian Authority of funds, since the Authority is cooperating with Israel to prevent terrorism from the West Bank. But Congress froze $200 million in funding for the Palestinian Authority after Abbass U.N. bid last year, and the Obama administration only unfroze it with behind-the-scenes Israeli help.
This time, the retaliation would likely be more severe because Abbass U.N. bid is more threatening. After gaining nonmember-state status at the U.N. General Assembly, Abbas can seek entrance into the International Criminal Court, which could give Palestinians the right to sue Israel for its conduct in the West Bank. Its also election season in Israel. Israeli observers speculate that Netanyahu may retaliate more aggressively this time to mollify a right-wing base unhappy that he agreed too quickly to a Gaza ceasefire.
To Netanyahus right, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has been urging Israel to respond to Abbass U.N. bid by toppling the Palestinian leader. American officials doubt Netanyahu would do that. But they worry that hell withhold tax revenues that Israel collects on the Palestinian Authoritys behalf. The Jerusalem Post has reported that Obama officials also fear Israel might respond to Abbass bid by building settlements in an area of the West Bank called E1, which would destroy any hope of creating a Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem. Netanyahu could also legalize some West Bank outposts currently illegal under Israeli law, as proposed in a report by former Supreme Court vice president Edmond Levy in June.
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Finding Novyon – 3 Hunna (SweezVerse) [w/ JonRay]
Week 23 is here! as of 11/7/12 and Novyon decides to take on not only Chief Keef's 3 Hunna but he takes on Local rapper JonRay's Version as Well. S/O to GBE and the Campaign! Also Congratulations to Barack Obama, for being re-elected president, and S/O to Novyon's Home State Minnesota for being the state with the Highest Votes! and for Voting NO to allow Gay Marriage! SweezVerse Compilation Vol.1 will be available this Thanksgiving! Also Be on the Look out for Novyon's Short Project SNOW FALL, and his new EP The Ugly Troof! FOREVER FAMOUS MUSIC GROUP Don't Forget to head over to FindingNovyon.com and download his Most current mixtape Saiyan EP! and follow FNDG NVYN's Online Activity http Facebook.com FNDGNVYN.tumblr.com FNDGNVYN.Bandcamp.com Soundcloud.com Youtube.com Instagram.comFrom:Finding NovyonViews:9 3ratingsTime:03:10More inMusic
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Palestinian honor guards greet the Emir of Qatar during a welcome ceremony in Rafah, in southern Gaza Strip, on Oct. 23, 2012
The pomp in the Gaza Strip last month was significant.Hamas, the militant Palestinian group long known for parading in the streets wearing black ski masks and suicide belts, had turned out an honor guard in dress uniforms. They stood smartly alongside the red carpet rolled out for a portly man in flowing robes, the Emir of Qatar, who had arrived for a few hours on Oct. 23 in what was made very much to look like a state visit. The sultan arrived carrying $400 million to invest in the Palestinian coastal enclave, a sizeable sum even for a government that doesnt lug suitcases of dollars into its jurisdiction through tunnels, as Hamas does. But if money was all that mattered, Mahmoud Abbas would still rule Gaza. His Palestinian Authority (PA), based in the West Bank, sends money each year into Gaza at least four times the amount from the Emir. The PA is still paying the salaries of the 70,000 teachers and other bureaucrats who stopped going to work when Hamas kicked Abbas Fatah party out of the place five years ago. Gazas skeletal economy would collapse without that money, but its not the currency that matters most. Hamas craves legitimacy.
A few months ago, Hamas Foreign Ministry announced it was going to begin training diplomats. This was an act either poignantly hopeful or nakedly deluded, because no one has diplomatic relations with Hamas. We met with the Swiss! an official once told me over lunch. Europe is talking to us. He had a limo waiting outside. But until Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani showed up, the wish remained unfulfilled.
(MORE: The Qatar Conundrum: The Emirate That Arms Syrias Rebels Also Embraces Hamas)
The visit of the Emir announces officially the breaching of the political and economical siege imposed on Gaza for more thanfive years, Ismail Haniyeh said in receiving the honored guest. Haniyeh holds the title of Prime Minister in Gaza. In the West Bank, the same title is held by Salam Fayyad. They could scarcely be more different. Haniyeh lives in a refugee camp and delivers sermons at Friday prayers. He has a politicians touch, but a tin ear: when Osama bin Laden was killed, he lamented the fall of a Muslim and an Arabic warrior. Fayyad got a Ph.D. from the University of Texas and worked at the International Monetary Fund, a pedigree that keeps money flowing from Europe and Washington and keeps him in his job despite protests across the West Bank. He is the closest thing in the Palestinian territories to an indispensable man. When Hamas negotiated the release of 400 Palestinian prisoners last year in exchange for a single Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, the prisoners released to Gaza were put up in a luxury hotel on the beach, at the invitation of Hamas. But Fayyad quietly paid the tab.
None of this may have mattered when the two factions were on a trajectory toward reconciliation. More than a year ago, Islamist Hamas and secular Fatah agreed to bury the hatchet not because they no longer loathed and distrusted one another but because the winds of change known as the Arab Spring were suddenly unsettling Palestinian politics too. In both Gaza and the West Bank, what ordinary people wanted most was an end to the division in their political leadership. The youth took to the streets. Office holders trembled.
But after a series of smiling promises and fulminating proclamations that a unity government would soon be announced, followed quickly by fresh elections, neither event has materialized, while the rivalry has resumed. Those in Hamas who favored making peace with Abbas, led by chairman Khaled Meshaal, lost out to those in Hamas who argued to remain on their own, not least because the Arab Spring is delivering governments into the hands of political Islamists like themselves.
(MORE: The Mainstreaming of Hamas Continues as Palestinian Unity Gains Steam)
Significantly, the most recent unity deal was brokered by none other than the Emir of Qatar, a fact that lent specific import to his arrival. A year ago, Abbas had the field of statecraft all to himself, a bookish moderate transformed by his U.N. bid for Palestinian statehood into an almost popular leader last year at least. In 10 days, he visited seven countries in four continents, lobbying for support in the Security Council, where the bid for full U.N. membership would die (to be replaced this year by a bid for a lesser, but still potent status).At each airport, the pageantry on the tarmac doubled as code. The presence of an honor guard signaled full recognition for Palestine as a state. In the capitals of the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Venezuela, as well as Casablanca, Abbas reviewed troops with swords held high nearly scraping the clouds in Caracas, where a cue-ball bald Hugo Chvez laid it on thick. (Abbas aides credited him with coaxing the excitable Venezuelan away from Iran, and by extension Hamas, simply by laying out the moderate position.) In Bogot, the capital that mattered most, the reception was muted. If anyone failed to notice the absence of an honor guard, the largest lettering on the press badges read Visita de Trabajo working visit, not state. (The president of the Council of Europe had put it this way after an Abbas visit: Its hard to be a statesman without a legal state. But as a council secretary pointed out, while waiting for one to emerge, what you do is play the part. Its part of being recognized as a sovereign: the trappings of statehood matter.)
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JERUSALEM Amal Ashour, 18, loves Shakespeare and American pop music. One of the brightest students in the Gaza Strip, she studied her senior year of high school in Minnesota through a U.S.-government funded program.
Amal Ashour, 18, loves Shakespeare and American pop music. One of the brightest students in the Gaza Strip, she studied her senior year of high school in Minnesota through a U.S.-government funded program.
She had planned to study English literature this fall at a university in the West Bank through another U.S.-sponsored program, but just a month before school started, she was informed the scholarship was no longer available.
“When you live in Gaza, you’re a pawn in a greater political game,” she said in a telephone interview. “There’s nothing we can do about it.” She is now enrolled at Islamic University, a stronghold of Gaza’s ruling Islamic militant Hamas.
Under Israeli pressure, U.S. officials have quietly canceled a two-year-old scholarship program for students in the Gaza Strip, undercutting one of the few American outreach programs to people in the Hamas-ruled territory. The program now faces an uncertain future, just two years after being launched with great fanfare by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a visit to the region.
The program offers about 30 scholarships to promising but financially challenged Palestinian high school seniors from Gaza and the West Bank to study in local Palestinian universities.
It is a rare opportunity for gifted students in Gaza, which has been constrained by an Israeli blockade since Hamas seized power five years ago. The blockade has made it harder for Palestinians to travel abroad. Both Israel and the U.S. consider Hamas a terrorist group because of its hundreds of attacks against Israelis, including suicide bombings, and frequent rocket attacks from Gaza.
After allowing the scholarship program to proceed in 2010, Israel this year refused to give permits for the Gaza students to travel to the West Bank. Hamas’ rival, the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, governs the West Bank.
Citing security reasons, Israel bans most Gazans from traveling to Israel or the West Bank. Exceptions are made for about 5,000 humanitarian cases each month.
Education is not considered a humanitarian concern. Israeli officials claim that West Bank universities are breeding grounds for militant groups like Hamas. Last month, Israel’s Supreme Court upheld this travel ban on students.
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