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Just in case you hadn’t noticed. This was one of the central events in the press conference with President Hu and President Obama.
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A federal judge ruled on Thursday to allow same-sex couples to marry in California, starting on August 18, handing another victory to supporters of gay rights in a case that both sides have said is likely to end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage last week, ruling that voter-approved Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution. Walker had issued a temporary stay on his decision, which on Thursday he said he would lift.
The high-profile case is being watched closely by supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage, as many say it is likely to make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. If it does, the case could result in a landmark decision on whether people in the United States are allowed to marry others of the same sex.
It’s being watched by people with a stake in civil rights – in and of itself – people willing to fight for our nation’s once-proud reputation as defenders of liberty.
Same-sex marriage is legal in five U.S. states and in the District of Columbia, while civil unions are permitted in New Jersey. The five states are Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa and New Hampshire.
Same-sex couples in California were permitted to marry, briefly, before Proposition 8 passed in 2008.
“Today’s ruling means that in less than one week, equality under the law will be restored for millions of loving families across California,” said Rick Jacobs, founder of the Courage Campaign.
Dozens of same-sex couples gathered outside City Hall in San Francisco ahead of Walker’s decision, hoping they would be allowed to marry. Many waved rainbow flags and carried signs that read: ” ‘I DO’ support the freedom to marry.” The crowd erupted in cheers after the judge’s decision, though couples there must now wait at least another week or so to get married.
Opponents of same-sex marriage will continue to place their bets on courts less likely to support constitutional grounds for civil rights and equal opportunities. Especially the Supreme Court – stacked with conservatives who lied through their teeth to get Congressional affirmation.
An Ohio prisoner whose execution was halted after two hours…because technicians were unable to find a usable vein that could be injected with lethal drugs won a stay Friday against another attempt to put him to death next week.
The stay, issued by Judge Gregory L. Frost of the Federal District Court in Columbus, expires on Sept. 28.
A hearing on a further stay has been scheduled for that day, but the one that Judge Frost granted Friday could mean a substantial delay at the very least. Defense lawyers and the office of Gov. Ted Strickland said Ohio required that a new execution date be approved by the State Supreme Court once a stay of execution is issued, whether by the state courts or the federal.
That process, said lawyers for the condemned prisoner, Romell Broom, 53, is likely to take months…
That was the first time an execution by lethal injection in the United States had failed and been rescheduled for another day.
The effort to execute Mr. Broom, convicted of the rape, abduction and murder of a 14-year-old girl, has drawn wide attention to Ohio’s death chamber…
“The problem is there’s no Plan B,” said Dr. Groner, an outspoken opponent of the death penalty. “They have a group of individuals who have a certain skill set for inserting IVs. It’s a very low skill level, and some of the inmates are extremely challenging.”
I admit I’m as self-contradicting as any other thoughtful American. On one hand, mandatory appeals which our legal system mandates means that any death penalty takes decades to happen. Broom has been on Death Row for 25 years. Convicted murderers sentenced to life without parole cost the state less in time and money.
On the other hand, if we’re going to continue to have a death penalty, make real technology available to a reasonable defense – and then cut the crap of frivolous appeals. We haven’t a Plan B to substitute for the drugs cocktail? Roll out the guillotine.
Bessye Middleton in Ohio has been waiting those 25 years for the execution ordered by the court that found Broom guilty of her daughter’s rape and murder. Her name isn’t even mentioned in the Times’ article. It’s all about the “anguish” of the man who’s been found guilty of the crime.
There’s a certain existential calculation that has to be balanced here. If you do the crime, you do the time. If it is supposed to be the end of time – make it short.
The United States will not likely launch another regime-changing war “anytime soon,” but American troops will remain in Iraq and Afghanistan for years, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday.
Robert Gates says U.S. troops in Iraq will serve in advisory or counterterrorism capacities “for years to come.” Failure in either nation “would be a disastrous blow to our credibility, both among our friends and allies and among potential adversaries,” Gates said…
Gates said not to expect troops to leave Iraq after the upcoming U.S. election.
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