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Gay rights group files federal lawsuit challenging Ga. same-sex marriage ban

A gay rights group on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit in Atlanta challenging the state of Georgia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

Lambda Legal filed the lawsuit on behalf of seven people and seeks class action status. They are suing the state registrar, a clerk of the Gwinnett County Probate Clerk and a Fulton County Probate Court judge in their official capacities.

“The history of the United States has been defined by the ability of each succeeding generation to recognize that social, economic, political, religious, and historical norms do not define our unalienable rights,” the lawsuit says. “(I)n time, the American ideal of equality and liberty demanded that our government move past cultural and majority oppressions, however long-standing, in order to secure and fulfill the individual rights of all citizens.”

Georgia voters in 2004 overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage in 2004. The ban was challenged in courts by gay rights groups who challenged the wording of the ballot question, but the state Supreme Court ultimately ruled the vote was valid in 2006.

The state constitution prohibits same-sex marriage and says that Georgia will recognize only the union of a man and a woman as marriage and that same-sex marriages performed in others states are not legally recognized.

Shelton Stroman and Chris Inniss, a suburban Atlanta couple, are among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed Tuesday. They’ve been together for about 13 years, own a pet boarding and daycare business together and adopted their 9-year-old son, Jonathan, as an infant.

“We just want to make sure that other families like ours are treated just like everyone else’s family,” Stroman told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “It’s really hurtful and offensive that the state of Georgia is refusing to treat our families fairly.”

Gay marriage is legal in 17 states and the District of Columbia, and Stroman and Inniss have considered going to one of those spots to get married. But they said they’re frustrated that their union would have no legal standing in Georgia, and they still wouldn’t have the state legal benefits of marriage.

The Supreme Court last year found that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which forbade the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage, improperly deprived gay couples of due process. That ruling came as polls showed that a majority of Americans now support gay marriage. Lower-court judges have repeatedly cited the Supreme Court decision when striking down same-sex marriage bans. They have ruled against bans in Michigan, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Texas, and ordered Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

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NATO should act now, not later

In Ukraine, a little force is being used early – but by only one side.

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Georgian PM Comments on Obama's NATO Remarks

PM Irakli Garibashvili said there is no need to create false expectations about Georgias immediate NATO membership and U.S. President Barack Obamas remarks in this respect were absolutely adequate and realistic.

President Obama said on March 26 in Brussels when asked about NATOs expansion to include Georgia and Ukraine: I think that neither Ukraine or Georgia are currently on a path to NATO membership and there has not been any immediate plans for expansion of NATOs membership.

We should not be in illusions, we should not have illusions, we should always assess existing situation realistically, PM Garibashvili said on March 27.

What President Obama said is absolutely adequate and thats the reality; NATO expansion is not planned at this stage. Our governments goal is to provide the public with correct information and not to create false expectations that was happening under the previous government, when expectations were artificially elevated, which was then followed by frustration; we are offering opposite to that. We want to explain what the reality is and, most importantly, we should be consistent, we should continue reforms, we should continue moving on the path of the EU, Garibashvili told journalists after he addressed a conference in Tbilisi on economic aspects of Georgias EU integration.

Expectations with respect to NATO should not be false and should not be exaggerated. President Obama said what is now a reality in the world, because many things are being changed in the world and things do not happen so simply in a day, he said.

Foreign Minister, Maia Panjikidze, said that Georgia is firmly on the NATO path and no one has said anything against that.

We pursued this path with the belief that Georgia will one day become a NATO member, she added.

State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexi Petriashvili said that President Obamas remarks mainly applied to Ukraine.

This in no way refers to the issue of whether to grant or not MAP [NATO membership action plan] to Georgia. The North-Atlantic Alliance, all of its 28 members and NATO leadership are convinced and unanimous that Georgias contribution to international security and the progress achieved by Georgia in consolidation democracy should be properly reflected in the decisions of NATO. This will definitely be a progress and definitely different from repetition of the NATO Bucharest summit decision what specifically it will be, it will be decided in coming months by the NATO through consensus and in consultations with Georgia, Petriashvili said.

At the 2008 Bucharest summit NATO refused to grant MAP to Georgia, which is considered to be a precursor to an eventual membership in the alliance; but at the same summit the NATO leaders instead pledged that Georgia will become NATO member sometime in the future provided that the country meets all the criteria.

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UNM Slams PM's Reaction to Obama's 'Unfavorable' NATO Remarks

UNM opposition party said that President Barack Obamas NATO remarks on Georgia and Ukraine were not favorable for Tbilisi, but there is no need for hysteria about it.

UNM leaders said that reaction of the Georgian PM Irakli Garibashvili on these remarks, however, was alarming.

Of course this comment in the context in which it was made was not favorable for our national interests, particularly because Georgia was mentioned in the context of Ukraine, said UNMs foreign secretary Giga Bokeria, who was secretary of National Security Council under ex-president Saakashvilis administration.

President Obama said on March 26 in Brussels when asked about NATOs expansion to include Georgia and Ukraine: I think that neither Ukraine or Georgia are currently on a path to NATO membership and there has not been any immediate plans for expansion of NATOs membership.

PM Garibashvili said on March 27 that there is no need to create false expectations about Georgias immediate NATO membership and U.S. President Barack Obamas remarks in this respect were absolutely adequate and realistic.

UNMs Bokeria said that unlike Ukraine, which at this stage has no ambition of joining NATO, Georgia has been considered as an aspirant country together with Bosnia and Herzegovina; Montenegro and Macedonia.

But these remarks [by President Obama] of course were not about the United States vision about future of Georgias NATO membership, neither it was about specific issue of granting MAP to Georgia so there is no need for any exaggerated hysteria about it, he said.

But the reaction of our government, in particular reaction of Prime Minister Garibashvili, to this disadvantageous for us remarks, was alarming, Bokeria continued. The Prime Minister actually told us that we should put up with some kind of reality. This reaction represents a demonstration of a policy that we have been seeing under the new government that is inconsistent, uncoordinated, unmotivated and non-ambitious policy and position.

Instead of thinking about how to work with our strategic partners and how to intensify communication in response to these unfavorable for us remarks, Prime Ministers immediate reaction was that we should put up with this. Thats not how the job can be done. If government of a country has no clear position and is not motivated, others will not do a job for us, he added.

He called on the government to put aside this short-term populism about mending ties with Russia and become fully focused on this risky, but potentially favorable for us moment in history, and to make step forward. Bokeria also said that foreign policy success of Georgia in terms of planned signing of the Association Agreement with the EU is a legacy inherited by the incumbent government from its predecessor.

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Obama says NATO needs to boost presence in eastern Europe

BRUSSELS: NATO needs to boost its presence in eastern European countriesthat feel vulnerable toRussiaafter its annexation of Crimea, US PresidentBarack Obamasaid on Wednesday.

Some defense experts have said the Crimea crisis could put NATO membership forUkraineand Georgia back on the agenda, but Obama said neither country was on a path to NATO membership and there were no immediate plans to expand the 28-member alliance.

Russias annexation of Ukraines Crimea region has made newer NATO members ineastern Europe, particularly in the Baltics, nervous about a newly assertive Moscow.

On atrip to Europethis week, Obama has been at pains to reassure these countries that the United States and the rest of NATO would defend them if they were ever attacked.

Speaking after a summit with EU leaders in Brussels, Obama said NATO foreign ministers meeting next week should make sure the alliance had up-to-date contingency plans to defend all allies, including those in central and eastern Europe.

NATO should also do more to ensure it puts in place a regular NATO presence among states that feel vulnerable to Russian pressure, Obama said.

He gave no details, but said: I think there are ways that we can do that that can be accommodated by our existing assets.

U.S. officials have said the Pentagon will more than double the number of US fighter jets on a NATO air patrol mission in the Baltic and do more training with Polands air force as it strives to reassure allies alarmed by the crisis inUkraine.

NATO Secretary-GeneralAnders FoghRasmussen, criticizing Russias reckless and illegal military actions in Ukraine, said he agreed with Obamas call for additional measures to enhance our collective defense, including updated and further developed defense plans, enhanced exercises, and appropriate deployments.

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BRUSSELS – NATO needs to boost its presence in eastern European countries that feel vulnerable to Russia after its annexation of Crimea, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

Some defense experts have said the Crimea crisis could put NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia back on the agenda, but Obama said neither country was on a path to NATO membership and there were no immediate plans to expand the 28-member alliance.

Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region has made newer NATO members in eastern Europe, particularly in the Baltics, nervous about a newly assertive Moscow.

On a trip to Europe this week, Obama has been at pains to reassure these countries that the United States and the rest of NATO would defend them if they were ever attacked.

Speaking after a summit with EU leaders in Brussels, Obama said NATO foreign ministers meeting next week should make sure the alliance had up-to-date contingency plans to defend all allies, including those in central and eastern Europe.

NATO should also do more to ensure it puts in place “a regular NATO presence” among states that feel vulnerable to Russian pressure, Obama said.

He gave no details, but said: “I think there are ways that we can do that that can be accommodated by our existing assets.”

U.S. officials have said the Pentagon will more than double the number of U.S. fighter jets on a NATO air patrol mission in the Baltic and do more training with Poland’s air force as it strives to reassure allies alarmed by the crisis in Ukraine.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, criticising Russia’s “reckless and illegal military actions in Ukraine”, said he agreed with Obama’s call for “additional measures to enhance our collective defense, including updated and further developed defence plans, enhanced exercises, and appropriate deployments.”

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EMCC Opens Baseball Season Friday

Bolstered by 18 sophomores and the return of six starters in the field, the East Mississippi Community College baseball team is set to open the 2014 campaign by competing in the two-day Carl McInnis Classic, hosted by Northwest Florida State College, Friday and Saturday in Niceville, Fla. Head coach Chris Roses experienced EMCC ballclub will take on the host Raiders of NWF State Friday at 11 a.m.

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Georgia Tech/FIU Researchers Study Foldable Antenna Designs

Doug Lung / RF Report 02.03.2014 10:23 AM Georgia Tech/FIU Researchers Study Foldable Antenna Designs Japanese origami provides basis for work By using origami geometries we can reconfigure antennas to whatever shape fits our purpose.

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List of Bilderberg participants – Wikipedia, the free …

The following is a list of prominent persons who are known to have attended one or more conferences organized by the Bilderberg Group. The list is currently organized by category. It is not a complete list and it includes both living and deceased people. Where known, the year(s) they attended are denoted in brackets.

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“What do Henry Kissinger, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Colin Powell, David Rockefeller and IBM Chairman Louis Gerstner have in common?

“They are among 120 dignitaries from Europe and the United States meeting at a secluded resort in Georgia as part of an organization called the Bilderberg Group.

“For four days that began Thursday, the group’s influential guests are part of an informal think tank on world issues.”

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