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Jonathan Shorman , The (Springfield, Mo.) News-Leader 11:10 a.m. EST February 11, 2014
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. The ACLU, on behalf of gay couples throughout Missouri, plans to sue this week for recognition of same-sex marriage.
Stephanie Perkins, deputy director for PROMO, a Missouri gay and lesbian advocacy group, said the litigation seeks to overturn Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Couples from Kansas City, St. Louis, mid-Missouri and Springfield are included in the suit, which will be filed in state court in Kansas City.
Charles Abernathy, spokesman for the GLO Center in Springfield, said a news conference involving the ACLU litigation has been scheduled at the GLO Center for Wednesday.
Abernathy said that while GLO will be the venue, PROMO is taking the lead on the event.
The litigation comes less than a month after a federal judge struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage. The ban is similar to Missouri’s prohibition on same-sex marriage.
Missouri voters approved the ban in 2004 71 percent to 29 percent the same year Oklahoma approved its ban. The bans in both states are amendments to the state constitutions.
In his decision, U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern said Oklahoma’s ban violates the U.S. Constitution. Kern ruled the amendment violated the equal-protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, calling the ban “an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit.”
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TEL AVIV Israels military has assessed that the Hamas regime renewed missile and rocket strikes on Israel.
The Israeli military cited a sharp increase in missile and rocket attacks by Hamas and Palestinian militias from the Gaza Strip. The military said the renewal of strikes began last month.
Israel said its Iron Dome batteries intercepted five Hamas rockets launched from the Gaza Strip in January. /Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images
Since the beginning of 2014, over 28 rockets were launched from Gaza at Israel by Gaza terrorists, the Israeli military said.
In a statement on Jan. 31, the military said rocket attacks during the month were nearly triple those of December 2013. In December, the military cited 10 rocket strikes from the Gaza Strip.
Fourteen of the rockets landed in southern Israel, and five were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, as they were approaching Ashkelon built up areas, the military said. In retaliation to these rocket attacks, IAF aircraft targeted numerous terror sites across the Gaza strip. In addition, at the beginning of January, IAF aircrafts targeted a terror squad during final preparations to launch rockets at southern Israel.
Military sources said Hamas was not directly participating in most of the rocket launches. But they said Hamas was not arresting rocket squads from such militias as Islamic Jihad, Popular Resistance Committees and Al Qaida-aligned militias.
The statement did not explain the sharp rise in attacks. In January 2014, the military targeted two leading rocket commanders identified them as Ahmed Saad and Ahmed Zaanin.
On Jan. 31, Palestinian gunners fired rockets into Israel. The Israel Air Force responded by air strikes that targeted three unidentified men and Hamas training facilities in northern Gaza.
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Mark Herring, pictured in the last weekend before elections in Fairfax, Va., recently changed his opinion of gay marriage and is now fighting his state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying.
By Elizabeth Chuck, Staff Writer, NBC News
He hasn’t even been attorney general for two weeks, and he is already picking a battle that could have repercussions for marriage equality throughout the South.
But Democrat Mark R. Herring, who started in his new post as Virginia’s attorney general on Jan. 11, is no stranger to challenges especially ones that change the political DNA of his state.
Even securing his seat as attorney general was trying: He won a razor-thin election against his Republican challenger in November, marking the first time Democrats swept the top positions on the ballot in the state since 1969.
His latest fight comes in the form of supporting gay rights something he had previously voted against.
On Thursday, Herring announced he had reviewed the state’s ban on same-sex unions, and concluded that the ban was unconstitutional. He said he would support gay couples who have filed lawsuits challenging the ban and if he wins his fight, he will make Virginia the first state in the old Confederacy to allow gay marriage.
Currently, only Washington, D.C., and 17 states allow gay marriage, most of which are in the Northeast.
“After a very careful and thorough analysis, I believe Virginia’s ban on marriage between same-sex couples violates the fourteenth amendment of the United States Constitution, and as attorney general, I cannot and will not defend laws that violate Virginian’s rights,” Herring told NPR’s “Morning Edition” in an interview that aired Thursday.
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Roger Federer’s blend of skill and grace can still shine through, regardless of his advanced tennis age.
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MELBOURNE — “Enough. Enough. Enough,” says The Head. “Just stop. You keep talking up Roger Federer, willfully blind to what should be obvious.”
“What are you talking about?” says The Heart, caught off guard.
“He’s 32 years old, barely able to see his prime in his rearview mirror,” says The Head. “He’s won one major in the last 47 months. In the last six months alone, he’s lost to players named Stakhovsky (who?), Delbonis (wha?), Brands (huh?) and Lleyton Hewitt, who’s even older. The thought of him beating Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in a best-of-five-sets match? Come on. In sports, gods become mortals. You can’t wish it away.”
“You are cold, callous soul,” responds The Heart. “Check that: you are soulless. You are writing off the single greatest talent the sport has known. A great champion and popular –”
“Oh, stop with the honor and dignity and ‘great champion’ good guy talk. Look, Heart, we all like Federer as a figure and a figurehead. This isn’t a personal referendum. It’s about irreversible laws of nature.”
“Fine, Head. I’ll restrict this discussion to tennis. He can still play. The flame may flicker, but there’s still heat. He’s still Roger Federer, endowed with unholy amounts of ability. He still moves gracefully, especially when he’s fully healthy. Did you see his match today against James Duckworth? He hit a half dozen shots that no other player would even conceive of, much less execute. The squash shots, the half-volleys, the — ”
“Don’t interrupt me, Head. I’m not done. He won 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Twice as many winners as errors. 89 percent first points won. You keep talking about age 32, like Federer is fit for the glue factory. It was 108 degrees on the court today and, as usual, he barely broke a sweat.”
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Ariel Sharon, Israeli prime minister from 2001 to 2006, died at 85 today from multiple… Read More
Ariel Sharon, Israeli prime minister from 2001 to 2006, died at 85 today from multiple organ failure after spending eight years in a coma following a stroke. Close
Ariel Sharon, Israeli prime minister from 2001 to 2006, died at 85 today from multiple organ failure after spending eight years in a coma following a stroke.
Ariel Sharon drew praise from fellow Israelis for fighting to buttress the nations security, respect from world leaders for withdrawing Israeli settlements from the Gaza Strip, and scorn from Palestinians who regarded him as an often brutal antagonist.
Sharon, Israels prime minister from 2001 to 2006, died yesterday at age 85 from multiple organ failure after spending eight years in a coma following a stroke.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu focused on Sharons military career, lauding him as one of the Israeli armys outstanding commanders, who played a key role in the struggle for Israels security throughout the years. He didnt mention Sharons 2005 evacuation of Israeli troops and settlements from Gaza, a policy Netanyahu opposed and one that created a rift between the one-time allies in the Likud party.
President Shimon Peres, who joined the Kadima party after Sharon left Likud and founded it, praised him as a daring leader who knew how to take difficult decisions and implement them.
Palestinian reaction focused on Sharons actions as a military commander, the politician who built settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, and the defense minister that an Israeli government panel said bore indirect responsibility for the 1982 slaughter of hundreds of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
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WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 26: Married couple Michael Knaapen (L) amd John Becker (2nd L) react after hearing the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California’s proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court’s striking down of the law. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 26: Married couple Michael Knaapen (L) amd John Becker (2nd L) kiss after hearing the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California’s proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court’s striking down of the law. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Michael Knaapen, left, and his husband John Becker, right, embrace outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, after the court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California’s gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: Richelle Spanover (2nd R) wipes her eye after after the Supreme Court ruled key portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, at the Stonewall Inn on June 26, 2013 in the West Village neighborhood of New York City. The Stonewall Inn became historically important in the Lesbian-Gay-Bigender-Transgender community after playing a key role during the Gay-rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California’s proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court’s striking down of the law. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: Virginia Sin (L) and Gretchen Menter smile after the Supreme Court ruled key portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, at the Stonewall Inn on June 26, 2013 in the West Village neighborhood of New York City. The Stonewall Inn became historically important in the Lesbian-Gay-Bigender-Transgender community after playing a key role during the Gay-rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California’s proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court’s striking down of the law. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Edith Windsor, center, accompanied by her attorney Roberta Kaplan, right, is greeted by Orie Urami, left, as she arrives at the LGBT Center for a news conference, in New York, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) CORRECTION: This slide initially referred to Edith Windsor’s attorney as Robert Kaplan. Her name is Roberta Kaplan.
David Boies, an attorney arguing in support of gay marriage, speaks to the media after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and declined to rule on the California law Proposition 8 in Washington, D.C., U.S. on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. A divided U.S. Supreme Court gave a landmark victory to the gay-rights movement, striking down a federal law that denies benefits to same-sex married couples and clearing the way for weddings to resume in California. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Chris Roe (L) and Roby Chavez (R) celebrate while holding their soon-to-be adopted children as the US Supreme Court ruling is announced on June 26, 2013. The US Supreme Court struck down The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) today, and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples. In another ruling, the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California as the justices, in a prcedural ruling, turned away the defenders of Proposition 8. AFP PHOTO/Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Edith Windsor arrives at the LGBT Center for a news conference, in New York, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Edith Windsor reacts during a news conference at the LGBT Center, in New York, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) With gay marriage now legal in New Jersey, state lawmakers have stopped their push to codify the details through a bill saying it is not urgent to address whether religious-affiliated organizations should be exempt.
A bill was to be discussed Monday before the state Senate Judiciary Committee, but Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck), one of its prime sponsors, withdrew it over the weekend.
Were not in any kind of, quote, `crisis, she said Monday. We have a court decision that guarantees the right of marriage to gay couples in New Jersey.
The legal and political fight over same-sex marriage has lasted more than a decade in New Jersey.
In October, the main issue was settled abruptly when the state Supreme Court refused to grant a stay that would have delayed implementation of a lower-court ruling that the state must recognize gay marriages. Three days later, weddings began. And Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, dropped his legal fight against gay marriage.
At the time, the governors office said it was withdrawing its appeal because the chief justice on Friday left no ambiguity about the courts view.
For Christie, it was not a change of direction so much as a concession.
With the marriages allowed, gay rights groups halted what had been a major push to override Christies 2012 veto of a bill that to allow gay nuptials.
That bill included a provision that would have exempted not only unwilling clergy from performing ceremonies but would have allowed religious-affiliated groups the Knights of Columbus, for instance, or the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting not to allow ceremonies on their property.