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One Man Is Shot And Killed at Occupy Oakland A man is shot and killed at Occupy Oakland. Today-aposs incident just added more problems for Mayor Jean Quan. By: queuenews2
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Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, left, sponsor of the gay marriage bill in the Minnesota Senate, and his partner Richard Leyva greet a large, joyous crowd as the arrive at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. on Monday, May 13, 2013. The Minnesota Senate is scheduled open debate at noon on a bill that would make Minnesota the 12th state to legalize gay marriage and the first to pass such a measure out of its Legislature. The chamber’s majority Democratic leaders have said they expect it to pass and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has promised to sign it. (AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Ben Garvin) MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE OUT (Ben Garvin)
The Minnesota Senate approved a bill to legalize gay marriage on Monday, positioning the state to become the 12th in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
It passed on a 37-30, with one Republican crossing over to vote yes and three members of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party voting no. Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign it as soon as Tuesday and was tentatively planning a celebration on the Capitol steps for event. Gay marriages could begin Aug. 1.
“With just a few words we have the ability to bring families across Minnesota into the full sunshine of equality and freedom,” said bill sponsor Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis.
Gay marriage supporters, donning “I Support the Freedom to Marry” T-shirts and rainbow flags, far out numbered opponents at the state Capitol on Monday, arriving early to line the steps to greet lawmakers as they came in. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman also proclaimed May 13-17 “Freedom to Marry Week” in the city. Pride flags line the Wabasha Street Bridge, which has been temporarily named the “Freedom to Marry Bridge.”
Outside the Senate chamber, the Capitol erupted with cheers when the vote was finalized.
But opponents said as there’s a lot of celebrating, there’s a lot of grieving as well. Sen. Dan Hall, R-Burnsville, said legalizing same-sex marriage would divide the state like nothing since the Civil War, destroying businesses and confusing children.
“People ask me, ‘Senator Hall, don’t you want to be on the right side of history?’ The truth is, I’m more concerned about being on the right side of eternity,” Hall said.
The bill changes state law to specify that marriage is a civil contract between “two persons” rather than “a man and a woman.” It also offers protection for clergy and religious organizations that don’t want to solemnize gay marriages, which supporters argue is the strongest in the nation.
Opponents of same-sex marriage argue that those religious protections don’t go far enough. Private businesses, public officials and nonprofits that disagree wouldn’t be able to refuse service if they had religious objections to gay marriage. That means marriage counselors or wedding photographers would have to take on clients, regardless of their religious viewpoints, said Republican Sen. Paul Gazelka of Nisswa. He offered an amendment that would protect religious entities, not just those affiliated with churches, from the new law.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO/AP) Minnesota state senators have started their debate on gay marriage as the bill to legalize it here gets close to its last step in the legislative process.
The Senate is expected to pass the bill on Monday, which would send it to the desk of Gov. Mark Dayton. He has promised to sign the bill.
The Capitol is again jammed with demonstrators as the Senate takes up the bill. This time, gay marriage supporters clearly outnumber opponents which is a contrast from last Thursdays House vote, where it was more closely matched.
The bills sponsor, Sen. Scott Dibble of Minneapolis, says changing a few words in law will bring families across Minnesota into the full sunshine of equality and freedom.
The chambers majority Democratic leaders have said they expect it to pass. The House passed the bill last Thursday by a 75-59 vote. Assuming a repeat in the Senate, the bill would head to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who has promised to sign it as early as Tuesday.
A festive mood took hold among gay marriage supporters at the Capitol. Hundreds of proponents arrived hours before the vote. A choir sang from the steps, adorned with the hearts cut out of construction paper.
Down the hill in downtown St. Paul, Mayor Chris Coleman ordered the Wabasha Street Bridge festooned in rainbow gay pride flags to mark the occasion, and temporarily renamed it the Freedom to Marry Bridge. He also proclaimed this week as Freedom to Marry Week in the capital city.
Sen. Scott Dibble, the gay marriage bills sponsor, ascended the steps to a roar from the crowd. He told them they should be proud to serve witness to the dream we all hold in our hearts.
This is your day, he said. You made this happen.
Dibble was legally married to his partner, Richard Leyva, in California, and they will mark their fifth anniversary on Aug. 17. They said they plan to have an affirming ceremony in Minnesota that day. The bill takes effect on Aug. 1.
Pendle’s link with the West Bank is approved
4:44pm Wednesday 8th May 2013 in News By Tyrone Marshall, Reporter
PLANS to twin Pendle with a town in the West Bank in Palestine have now been made official.
Pendles mayor, Coun Asjad Mahmood, accepted the invitation to become president of the Pendle Palestine Twinning Group (PPTG) and signed the letter of confirmation to approve the link between Pendle and Beit Leed.
The proposal to formalise a twinning arrangement with a town Pendle has had cultural exchanges with in the past was first made towards the end of last year, as a way of showing solidarity with the victims on both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Pendle councillors voted in favour of the twinning last December, but not before complaints about whether the council was the right forum to debate the issue and concerns about how the move would be funded.
Richard MacSween, chairman of the PPTG, said: Its great that the mayor has agreed to do this and shows Pendle Council is serious about the twinning.
Our group is doing all the administrative work involved and there is no cost whatsoever to Pendle Council or the taxpayer.
In fact, any money we receive is voluntarily donated by the public and Im glad to say many people have been very happy to contribute.
This is an ambitious project for us but will show what twinning can achieve.
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Conservative Muslim Mayor stands AGAINST left wing policies in Sydney's west
Ned Mannoun, A Lebanese Muslim Liberal (Conservative), was elected Mayor of Liverpool City Council in Sep 2012. The 1st ever Conservative to be elected in Li…
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Is gun control the new gay marriage? Or are the issues more like mirror images of one another?
Both could be categorized as hot-button topics that for years generated more political activism on the right than on the left. Both have also seen a recent shift in public opinion that, in the case of gay marriage, is upending the politics surrounding the issue, and in the case of gun control, has the potential to do so.
But there are big differences between the two, as well. Gun control has been around as an issue much longer than gay marriage, and public opinion on it has waxed and waned with support often spiking after a high-profile shooting, only to fall again. Moreover, the long-term trend on gun control, unlike gay marriage, has been a rise in opposition. As recently as April, the Pew Research Center put out a report noting the divergent trends on the two issues, noting that “on gun control, Americans have become more conservative; on gay marriage, Americans have become more liberal.”
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Still, gun-control proponents including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have been arguing vociferously that the issue is not nearly the political loser that Democrats have for years assumed it to be. And the dramatic change that’s been occurring when it comes to public opinion on gay marriage pulling politicians along with it offers an intriguing model as to where the politics surrounding the gun issue could potentially be headed.
Let’s look first at gay marriage. As recently as 2004, President George W. Bush’s campaign was able to use it as a “wedge issue” to drive up turnout among conservatives, helping him win reelection. That year, the Pew Research Center found that 60 percent of Americans opposed gay marriage, while just 31 percent favored it. Four years later, in 2008, those numbers had shifted though the majority was still in opposition, with 51 percent opposing, and 38 percent in favor.
By 2012, however, it was a completely different story: In July, Pew found just 41 percent of Americans opposed gay marriage, while a plurality of 48 percent favored it. Some of that shift was driven by generational changes, since young people tend to be more broadly in favor of gay marriage (though support has gone up among all age groups). The bigger change, though, was demographic: The electorate has become more Democratic, more urban, more educated, less religious, and less white and the politics surrounding many cultural issues like gay marriage have shifted accordingly.
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So might those same demographic changes portend a similar shift to the left in public opinion on guns?
Well, in recent years, as previously noted, the trend has been in the opposite direction with support for gun rights growing. In the wake of the Columbine High School shootings in 1999, Pew found that 65 percent of Americans said it was more important to control guns, while just 30 percent said it was more important to protect gun rights. By contrast, in the wake of last summer’s movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., just 47 percent said controlling guns should be the priority, compared with 46 percent preferring to protect gun rights.
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If anyone thought gay marriage legislation would pass easily in Illinois, the initial hiccup Wednesday in the state Senate illustrated how hard-fought the issue is likely to be every step of the way.
A bill to allow same-sex marriage did not attract enough support to get a first hearing as Senate Republicans blocked an effort to allow the measure to be considered by a committee. Sponsoring Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, fell two votes short of overcoming what might end up as no more than a minor procedural setback. She vowed to have enough support Thursday to push the gay marriage bill through the full Senate.
The Springfield skirmish unfolded as religious leaders in Chicago ratcheted up philosophical opposition and political pressure and gay marriage supporters continued a planned media blitz complete with a TV sitcom star. And while Illinois Republicans continue to largely oppose same-sex marriage, state GOP Chairman Pat Brady publicly supported the bill.
Gay marriage is but one issue on a crowded agenda of the final days of the outgoing General Assembly. Lawmakers also are looking at pension reform, driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, gambling expansion and gun control before the reset button is hit when the new Legislature is sworn in Wednesday.
Given the political complexities, it will be a tall order for lawmakers to complete a comprehensive pension overhaul by the time the clock runs out. Same goes for chances of passing a major gambling expansion to meet Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s desire to have a Chicago casino.
“I’m doubting it,” said Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat and sponsor of the gambling measure. “But I’ve been around long enough to know things can happen in the wee hours.”
While gambling expansion might wait yet again, gay marriage supporters still hope to pass a bill during the final days of a lame-duck Legislature. The same-sex marriage push is being backed by a coordinated campaign championed by Fred Eychaner, a Chicago media mogul, and Laura Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs. Gov. Pat Quinn has indicated he’ll sign the bill into law if it passes, and Steans said the measure has a chance to be in place by Valentine’s Day.
Both sides of the issue grabbed the megaphone Wednesday in an attempt to be heard.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, a star of ABC’s “Modern Family,” joined Democratic Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon on Wednesday in Chicago to speak in favor of the legislation. The two and other supporters plan to go to the Capitol on Thursday for “Bow Tie Lobby Day,” when they’ll encourage legislators to wear bow ties in support of the bill.
Ferguson said his role as part of a gay couple on the popular TV show has helped him use “wit and humor” to tackle a serious issue. The nation’s forward movement on marriage equality has been encouraging, he said, and Illinois is a chance to continue the momentum. Ferguson’s fiance, Justin Mikita, accompanied him to the news conference.
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Show Information Air Date: December 26, 2012 Host: Vic Eliason Guest: David Rubin Vic began by reporting the latest news concerning Iranian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani. Pastor Nadarkhani was originally accused of defecting from Islam, imprisoned and sentenced to death. He was acquitted and released in September. It's being reported that he was rearrested and imprisoned on Christmas Day but then released based on the charge that he must complete the remaining 45 days of his sentence which he had been originally told would be served under probation. David Rubin is the former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is the Founder and President of Shiloh Israel Children's Fund which treats children who are victims of terror. He is the author of “The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama”. Recently the UN took a vote to recognize a Palestinian state. According to David, this means that the world is taking another step to granting full recognition to the fictional state of Palestine; a state comprised of three terrorist organizations. In addition, David comments on other factors that are adding additional weight to the Arab/Israeli conundrum. They include: –New housing settlements are being built by Israel around Jerusalem. Will the International Criminal Court become involved to stop such activities? –Israel is being asked to open its borders to 100000 Palestinian refugees from Syria so that they can safely reach the West Bank and Gaza by going through Israel. What are …From:CrosstalkAmericaViews:8 1ratingsTime:53:28More inNonprofits Activism
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