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A federal appeals court in New York on Thursday was the nation's second to deem the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. NEW: Gay rights' backers laud the ruling; a conservative leader says it is "judicial activism" A U.S. appeals court rules the federal law defining marriage is unconstitutional The issue is expected to be conclusively decided by the U.S. Supreme Court "What I'm feeling is elated," says the 83-year-old lesbian at the center of the case
When August's disappointing job totals were released a few weeks ago, it was considered important news. With that in mind, this seems like at least as big a story.
I'll be your mummy and you be my little kitty cat: Anjana the chimp shows off her parenting skills...with a puma cubBy Mail Foreign Service UPDATED: 06:51 GMT, 31 August 2009
Abdul Khalik, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Fri, March 28 2008, 1:38 AM Homosexuals and homosexuality are natural and created by God, thus permissible within Islam, a discussion concluded here Thursday. Moderate Muslim scholars said there were no reasons to reject homosexuals under Islam, and that the condemnation of homosexuals and homosexuality by mainstream ulema and many other Muslims was based on narrow-minded interpretations of Islamic teachings. Siti Musdah Mulia of the Indonesia Conference of Religions and Peace cited the Koran's al-Hujurat (49:3) that one of the blessings for human beings was that all men and women are equal, regardless of ethnicity, wealth, social positions or even sexual orientation. "There is no difference between lesbians and nonlesbians.
By: Rmuse April 21st, 2011 see more posts by Rmuse A little over a year ago the Supreme Court of the United States made a controversial ruling that says corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections cannot be limited. The case known as Citizens United v Federal Election Commission allows corporations to use their general funds to buy campaign ads that was prohibited under federal law, and opened the door for unlimited contributions by corporations as well as unions.
In one state now, it is official: health care is "a right and not a privilege."
Engineer, heal thyself Self-Designed Heart Implant The Engineer In 2000, Tal Golesworthy, a British engineer, was told that he suffers from Marfan syndrome, a disorder of the connective tissue that often causes rupturing of the aorta.
Each time, when these things happened, I was disgusted with the way people didn’t bother to help. I was stuck on the side of the freeway hoping my friend’s roadside service would show, just watching tow trucks cruise past me. The people at the gas stations where I asked for a gas can told me that they couldn’t lend them out “for safety reasons,” but that I could buy a really crappy one-gallon can, with no cap, for $15. It was enough to make me say stuff like “this country is going to hell in a handbasket,” which I actually said.
Thirty-four renowned Mauritanian religious and national figures this week signed a fatwa banning female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice that remains widespread in some parts of the country.
Farmers working on a training plot in Senegal. 20 December 2010, Rome - West African farmers have succeeded in cutting the use of toxic pesticides, increasing yields and incomes and diversifying farming systems as a result of an international project promoting sustainable farming practices. Around 100 000 farmers in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal are participating in a community-driven training programme ( West African Regional Integrated Production and Pest Management (IPPM) Programme ) executed by FAO. Working in small groups, called Farmer Field Schools, smallholders are developing and adopting 'good agricultural practices' through learning-by-doing and hands-on field experiments. To grow healthy crops, IPPM promotes soil improvement and alternatives to chemical pesticides such as the use of beneficial insects, adapted varieties, natural pesticides and cropping practices.
Driving to a Mariners game, Duane Innes saw a pickup ahead of him drift across lanes of traffic, sideswipe a concrete barrier and continue forward on the inside shoulder at about 40 mph.