Wednesday, May 18, 2011

4 Interesting Stories in the News

Here are 4 stories from today's headlines that I found interesting. They involve civil rights and politics.

British Government Supports International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Jeremy Brown MP, Minister of State at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has recorded a special video for today's International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia outlining the British government's support for LGBT rights and its commitment to fighting homophobia and transphobia both domestically and abroad. FULL STORY AND VIDEO:

*CRUEL!!!***Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Doesn't Want Gay Couples to Have Visitation Rights
Republican Governor Scott Walker has done a lot of things under the guise of cutting spending -- taking away union bargaining power, fighting high speed rail, eliminating birth control and STI programs for teens and low income adults and fighting against mandatory paid sick leave laws.  But now the governor has picked a new battle: ending the state's defense of its domestic partnership registry, a means for same sex couples to obtain a few of the rights married couples have, such as hospital visitation.  The governor calls the registry unconstitutional and states that it is a waste of taxpayer money to defend it. FULL STORY:

*THANK GOD FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION:* Poll: Majority of Minnesotans Reject Gay Marriage Ban Amendment
A new poll of Minnesotans finds that 55% of respondents oppose a constitutional amendment codifying a ban on same-sex marriage, while only 39% support such a move.  The GOP controlling majority in the state's Legislature is currently pushing through an amendment that, due to legislative rules, would bypass the Democratic governor and head straight for a 2012 referendum -- gay marriage has always lost at the ballot, though the margin has narrowed in recent years. Republicans, openly admitting they are using their majority to fast-track the measure, say that the issue should be put before voters. FULL STORY:

Arnold Schwarzenegger Reveals That He Had a Child With A Staffer
Former GOP California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledged that he had a child with a member of his household staff a decade ago.  The revelation came days after he and his wife, Maria Shriver, announced their separation after 25 years of marriage.  Shriver apparently moved out of their home months ago when she learned about Schwarzenegger's transgression.  The staff member with whom Schwarzenegger had the child had worked in their home for 20 years.  She retired in January. FULL STORY:

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Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
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Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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