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  • Auckland city council subsidizes event on ‘queer polyamory’ relationships

    06/07/2014 12:49:59 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 6, 2014 | Michele Kaufman
    Residents in Auckland, New Zealand are questioning their council’s decision to subsidize a one-day conference exploring “queer polyamory” relationships. The Auckland Council, which serves New Zealand’s largest population, recently gave grants to various homosexual organizations, but it is the conference on polyamory that is causing a stir. Entitled “Poly Panel, Discussions around Queer Polyamory” is described on GayNZ as “a one day event exploring a framework of ethical, healthy polyamory relationships.” An advertisement for the event states: “Along with questioning heteronormativity, many LGBTI people question monogamous marriages and relationships.” According to the advertisement, the event aims to “break down some...
  • San Jose Dispensaries Offering Free Marijuana for Voters

    05/31/2014 3:53:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, May 31, 2014 | Chris Roberts and Nannette Miranda
    Several Silicon Valley cannabis clubs to offer free weed to those who can prove they votedFree marijuana is the reward in store for certain voters on Tuesday in San Jose's municipal election. San Jose is in the process of choosing a new mayor -- and also passing new, more-restrictive rules on medical marijuana. A proposal the City Council is still considering would zone dispensaries out of business, weed supporters say -- so Tuesday's election is important. Half of the City Council's 10 seats are at stake. Select Silicon Valley medical marijuana dispensaries will give free discounted and in some cases...
  • California Town Drops City Council Prayers to Avoid Further Legal Costs

    04/21/2014 7:08:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/21/2014 | KATHERINE WEBER
    A small, coastal town in central California has settled a lawsuit regarding prayer at City Council meetings, ultimately agreeing to no longer hold any form of prayer, whether sectarian or non-sectarian, ahead of the local government meetings. City officials say they decided to settle the lawsuit to avoid further legal costs paid by taxpayer money. Pismo Beach city officials announced their settlement earlier this week, nearly six months after the Freedom From Religion Foundation [FFRF] and the local chapter of Atheists United San Luis Obispo filed a lawsuit against the city, arguing that it had violated the U.S. Constitution's separation...
  • Atheist Group Tells Michigan City Council to Stop Praying on Taxpayers' Time

    02/22/2014 3:19:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/21/2014 | MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    An atheist organization has sent a letter of complaint to a city council in Michigan over the local government's usage of prayer at council meetings. The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has threatened legal action against the Saginaw City Council. In a letter sent to Saginaw City Manager Tim Morales, FFRF staff attorney Rebecca S. Markert wrote that Saginaw "should drop these prayers altogether." "Government prayers exclude a significant portion of Americans from the democratic process, are of dubious legality, and are a repudiation of our secular history," wrote Markert. "City Council members are free to pray privately or...
  • In one small Colorado town, it could be open season on drones

    01/21/2014 8:52:33 AM PST · by Daffynition · 12 replies
    LAT via ADN.com ^ | January 20, 2014
    DEER TRAIL, Colo. -- Wearing a black duster and a black cowboy hat, Phil Steel walked to the front of the meeting room armed with a Nerf gun and a smile. The U.S. Army veteran was there to pitch his big idea: an ordinance that would legalize and regulate drone hunting inside Deer Trail city limits. If approved, residents could pay $25 to get a drone-hunting license; the town would pay a bounty for every drone bagged. "Really?" someone asked sarcastically as the theme music to "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" blared during Steel's entrance. Laughter rippled through...
  • Brooklyn's Charles Barron Bombastic To The End In Council Farewell Speech

    12/23/2013 7:01:06 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | December 19, 2013 | Erin Durkin
    Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron was a firebrand to the end, delivering a farewell speech that echoed many of the greatest hits of his controversial tenure barron.jpg “I just wanted to come before you to say that I will always be black, radical, revolutionary. I will always be a socialist, anti-capitalist/imperialist” said Barron, who represents East New York, at the Council’s last meeting Thursday, where many members took the chance to make farewell remarks. “I went to Cuba. I went to Venezuela. I went to Zimbabwe. I brought you the president and you didn’t appreciate it!” he said, a reference to...
  • NYC Council Approves Ban On Indoor E-Cigarette Use

    12/19/2013 7:08:37 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 29 replies
    CBSNewYork ^ | December 19, 2013 | CBSNewYork
    he New York City Council approved legislation Thursday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes from indoor public spaces where smoking is already prohibited. Because many of the e-cigarettes are designed to look like cigarettes and be used just like them, they can lead to confusion or confrontation,” Quinn said
  • Will Annapolis council strip mayor-elect Pantelides of key powers? [Republican = Political)

    11/12/2013 1:58:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Maryland Capital Gazette ^ | November 11, 2013 | JACK LAMBERT with Elisha Sauers
    Mayor-elect Mike Pantelides’ honeymoon as the new chief executive of Annapolis might end before it begins, as City Council members say that next term they plan to revisit legislation that would strip the mayor’s office of much of its power. Alderman Ross Arnett, D-Ward 8, said he will introduce a charter amendment to move Annapolis to a full council-manager form of government. This would create a position similar to the current city manager, except that the official would report directly to the City Council, not the mayor. He or she would also manage all department heads. The mayor’s post would...
  • Annapolis Council To Consider Stripping Republican Mayor-Elect’s Power

    11/11/2013 11:29:14 AM PST · by redreno · 25 replies
    http://baltimore.cbslocal.com ^ | 11/10/2013 | unkown
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Days after a Republican was elected mayor of Annapolis, City Council members say they will revisit legislation that would strip the mayor’s office of much of its power. Democratic Alderman Ross Arnett of Ward 8 tells The Capital he will introduce a charter amendment to move Annapolis to a council-manager style of government. The city manager would report directly to the City Council, not the mayor.
  • Annapolis City Council considers stripping mayor's powers (Dem Council upset GOP won election)

    11/10/2013 10:22:46 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 10 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 11/10 | Colin Campbell
    Annapolis Alderman Ross Arnett insists the City Council's decision to take another look at making the mayor's job a more ceremonial role has nothing to do with party politics. But if the Democrat-majority council acts to remove the mayor's power, the timing will coincide with the election of Annapolis' first Republican mayor in nearly two decades, Mike Pantelides, who defeated the incumbent Democrat, Mayor Josh Cohen, last week.
  • Transgender candidate could become a first in NYC

    06/18/2013 3:52:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2013 2:45 AM EDT | Jennifer Peltz
    Mel Wymore is a typical city council candidate in many ways, campaigning as a community board appointee, ex-PTA chair and founder of a roster of local organizations. But Wymore’s community-leader resume has an unusual feature: He built much of it while he was a woman. If he wins, Wymore would be the first openly transgender officeholder in the nation’s biggest city and one of only a handful ever in the U.S., though his campaign isn’t emphasizing his personal story—or sidestepping it. … Wymore, a Democrat, faces several opponents who also have long records of community involvement on Manhattan’s upscale, liberal...
  • L.A. union says a lot about itself by endorsing a racist for city council

    02/22/2013 10:45:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EAGnews ^ | February 21, 2013 | Victor Skinner
    United Teachers Los Angeles made a bold and revealing statement about its radical political principles when the union endorsed Ron Gochez for L.A. City Council this month. The endorsement is significant for a couple of reasons. First, Gochez is an extreme left-wing L.A. teacher known for racist, anti-American rants. He also has decades-long ties to the African People’s Socialist Party—which is very open and passionate about its hatred of Jews, whites, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, Koreans, basically everyone. Second, the UTLA didn’t have to endorse him. The union’s leaders wanted to. …
  • Enterprise Zone Endorsed Without Council Approval

    02/17/2013 7:16:48 AM PST · by Desert_Vortex · 4 replies
    Desert Vortex News ^ | 2/13/2013 | Dean M Gray
    When does a council member speak for the city without first seeking the formal approval of the city council where they serve? That is a question at the center of a brewing conflict on the Desert Hot Springs City Council. Continuing down a familiar path, Mayor Yvonne Parks recently sent a letter on behalf of the city endorsing enterprise zones in California. A statewide debate is underway over their effectiveness.
  • Allegiance to more than the flag

    02/09/2013 12:26:56 AM PST · by thecodont · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 3:01 am, Friday, February 8, 2013 | Chip Johnson, Chronicle Columnist
    The Pledge of Allegiance has taken it on the chin over the years. Everything from the clause "one nation under God" to its recitation in public schools and public meetings has been challenged. This week, El Cerrito City Councilman Mark Friedman proposed eliminating the custom from the start of each council meeting. "I've always had problems with the Pledge of Allegiance," said Friedman, whose politics were shaped in the fiery days of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in his hometown, Chicago. In his argument to end the custom, Friedman said that in a world without "liberty and justice for all,"...
  • Outrage: 'White/Jewish City Council Member Representing NYC?'

    12/02/2012 4:15:27 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    A candidate for a position on New York City’s 7th Council District said he opposed to the candidacy of his Jewish opponent, whom he referred to a “White/Jewish candidate”, because he was trying “to sneak into office like a thief in the night.” City Council hopeful Thomas Lopez-Pierre wrote an e-mail to the members of the Douglass Grant Democratic Club, stating his opposition to rival Mark Levine. The subject line of the e-mail: “A White/Jewish City Council Member representing Upper Manhattan?” In an interview with The Jewish Week, Lopez-Pierre, an African American, maintained, "I don’t hate Jews; I love black...
  • City Council: American Flag is Clutter

    07/03/2012 1:18:44 PM PDT · by Altariel · 6 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | July 3, 2012 | Bobby Eberle
    A Texas city council has voted to ban American flags from a local cemetary. Why? Because these people want to keep the cemetary free of "clutter." That's right... according to these "leaders," the American flag is "clutter" and cannot be placed beside a tombstone. It appears common sense and respect for veterans have gone out the window. As reported by KHOU.com in Houston, the city council in Mineral Wells, Texas voted to ban the display of flags and other items such as teddy bears from grave sites. Flags are now only allowed during the two weeks around Memorial Day and...
  • Stockton bankruptcy: 'All that's left is sadness' for city

    06/27/2012 11:28:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 27, 2012 | by Diana Marcum
    With the city of Stockton moving to become the nation's largest city to seek protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, Tuesday night's City Council meeting was quiet, with an evident sadness on faces in the packed chambers. The working-class port city -- from where many of California's agricultural exports set sail -- lived largely on credit during economic boom times. The city borrowed millions of dollars for ambitious, eye-catching projects in the mid-2000s. Up went a sports arena, hotel and promenade. The city booked a Neil Diamond concert as a kickoff to better times. Houses in sprawling tracts sold quickly...
  • Marion Barry criticizes hospitals for hiring Filipina nurses

    04/24/2012 11:38:01 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2012 | Lisa Gartner
    Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry made comments Monday about Filipina nurses who work in District hospitals, just weeks after Barry told his supporters that Asian businesses "ought to go." At a hearing, Barry told the president and board members of the University of the District of Columbia that the school should be supplying D.C. residents to serve in the "lucrative" posts of nurses and teachers. But that was not the case, Barry said. "In fact, it's so bad, that if you go to the hospital now, you find a number of immigrants who are nurses, particularly from the Philippines," Barry...
  • City Council Awakens to Evil and Defeats It (Agenda 21)

    04/12/2012 5:37:45 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 2 replies
    The City of Colfax, CA reportedly defeated UN Agenda 21 by a 4-0 vote and passed Resolution No. 12-2012. Ken Delfino, one of the City Councilmen, reportedly wrote a letter describing what he learned about UN Agenda 21 and urges others to educate themselves about it too. You can help by sending these three items of information to your City Council Members. If they’re uninterested, be sure to campaign against them, so that they are defeated when they run for re-election. 1. Here is the reported letter in its entirety (a link to the letter is not yet available). Dear...
  • Nauvoo City Council’s minutes of 1840s provide chaos, contention and lies [Lds' Smith Shenanigans]

    01/10/2012 5:47:28 AM PST · by Colofornian · 52 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Jan. 4, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    (To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) The LDS Church Library no longer allows access to the Nauvoo City Council and High Council minutes from 1839 to 1845. That’s a shame, but the minutes, when accessible, were recorded. Signature Books, with the assistance of historian John Dinger, has published the minutes, along with notes, and they’re just plain fascinating for enthusiasts of history. Without spin, they lay out the controversy that swirled in Nauvoo prior to Joseph Smith’s murder and the LDS exodus west. The documents lend credence to the belief that the then-secret doctrine...
  • Father Nathan Monk at Pensacola City Council - Almost Arrested

    12/21/2011 8:34:13 AM PST · by Chunga85 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Right Face - Taking Back America ^ | 12/19/2011 | Debbie Meyers
    Father Nathan Monk tells the City Council, "We have the right to redress our government without fear of being arrested," and is nearly arrested. I think more people should be involved in their communities. Father Monk was interviewed on "Freedom Watch" tonight and was very clear in his message. Father Monk stated that if we honor our military men and women, the ones fighting for our rights, we should not backdown. I remember back this summer, that a woman was arrested in Arizona for speaking up in a council meeting, with the Mayor telling the council she had the floor...
  • Provo councilman Steve Turley charged with felonies [LDS High Council Member]

    08/05/2011 3:48:47 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 40 replies
    Provo Herald Extra ^ | July 27, 2011 | Heidi Toth
    PROVO -- After a year of complaints, doing their own investigation and raising Cain at Provo Municipal Council meetings, a group of citizens knew they were heard on Wednesday when the Utah County Attorney's Office charged Municipal Councilman Steve Turley with 10 second-degree felonies and his fellow elected officials asked him to resign. The "exhaustive" official investigation from the Utah County Bureau of Investigations took into account complaints, Turley's activities on the Municipal Council and as a developer and landowner and a request from the city for an ethical investigation, although they only looked at possible criminal activity, not any...
  • Man with Child Porn Claims Split Personality (Guess which party!)

    08/04/2011 1:04:22 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 6 replies
    KMJ Radio 580 ^ | 8-4-11 | KMJ News
    "A longtime L.A. political operative who claims ties to the presidential campaigns of Al Gore, Jimmy Carter and Robert F. Kennedy, Abrams is alleged to have downloaded files from a content sharing website using the alias "Boy Wonder USA."
  • Businesses worry Holland's anti-gay vote could hurt efforts to attract and retain talent

    06/23/2011 1:41:32 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 39 replies
    Grand Rapids Press ^ | 6/23/2011 | Shandra Martinez
    HOLLAND, Mich. — It seems like just yesterday Holland was basking in the glow of being named one of the happiest places in the nation. But those smiles may be a bit strained. Some people are painting Holland as unwelcoming after its City Council recently voted against adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its anti-discrimination policies. The fallout is drawing criticism far beyond the waterfront community’s borders. A Facebook page calling for a boycott of the city has more than 1,000 members. But it also could have ramifications for Holland-area businesses. Being perceived as intolerant could hurt local companies’...
  • City Government demands all keys to properties belonging to Cedar Falls residents.

    06/12/2011 12:08:09 PM PDT · by heart1776 · 80 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 7, 2011 | Crushingbastards
    The Cedar Falls, Iowa city council voted to take the keys of residents to enter their businesses and some residential properties for the sake of "security." This is clearly government in over-reach mode and is unconstitutional. The next meeting is set for June 13th.
  • L.A. City Schedule Cut to Four Days a Week?

    01/25/2011 4:10:10 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 9 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | Jan. 25, 2011 | Simone Wilson
    And on the fifth day, they rested. It's a wild notion: Would the Los Angeles City Council really go so far as to cut an entire day out of the workweek for all city-run agencies? The LA Daily News thinks it's a real possibility, and Councilman Bernard Parks is having the Budget and Finance Committee take a good hard look at it, what with the $40 million city deficit and all. (So... We're going to briefly make this a selfish thing and complain about how we already can't get a hold of L.A. city politicians, attorneys and myriad secretaries --...
  • iPads Could Replace Paper For (Ormond Beach, FL)City Council Meetings

    12/27/2010 10:24:19 AM PST · by greatdefender · 46 replies · 5+ views
    WKMG 6 Orlando ^ | December 27, 2010
    ORMOND BEACH, Fla. -- Some city commissioners in central Florida want to replace the stacks of paper they get before meetings with something more state-of-the-art -- the iPad. Ormond Beach's city commissioners say their plan to have the city buy the mayor and four commissioners iPads will save taxpayers money. Every two weeks, city leaders get stacks of documents before meetings at city hall. Officials say the paper alone costs $1,100 a year. The five iPads could cost around $3,250. It's not the first Florida city to phase out paper. Palm Coast city leaders replaced printed documents with iPads earlier...
  • 'Get sane!' Councilwoman suffers meltdown on camera

    10/05/2010 6:15:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 4, 2010 | Bob Unruh
    An investigation has been launched into the behavior of a member of the city council in Vancouver City, Wash., after she lost her cool at a meeting when people wanted to argue over a light rail plan, ordered one member of the public out of the room, ordered the council chairman to "gavel down" a constituent, and ordered a colleague on the council to "Shut up!" The situation developed as members of the public were in attendance to express concerns about a light rail program. Harris told one speaker not to address individual members of the committee, and when he...
  • Neb. city suspends immigration law, goes to court

    07/28/2010 4:44:23 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 2 replies · 1+ views
    statesman.com ^ | Updated: 6:07 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | MARGERY A. BECK
    FREMONT, Neb. — A Nebraska city suspended its voter-approved ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants, but opponents still want a federal judge to block the ordinance until all legal fights are resolved. Groups challenging the ordinance are expected in court Wednesday, a day after the Fremont City Council voted to suspended the ban. City officials said delaying the ordinance would save the city money as it fights lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska and the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund. The groups, which call the ban discriminatory, along with attorneys for...
  • Boycott Backlash: Some stay out of city: Update

    05/21/2010 8:47:18 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 104 replies · 2,973+ views
    kxan ^ | Updated: Friday, 21 May 2010, 6:12 PM CDT | Chris Sadeghi
    Growing number vow not to do business in AustinAUSTIN (KXAN) - The city council’s decision to boycott travel to Arizona is resulting in organizations and individuals boycotting the city of Austin in protest. A growing number of political organizations, including the Odessa and Burleson Tea Parties, have decided not to do business with the city of Austin until the council resends the Arizona boycott they passed a few weeks ago. “We will try to minimize what the city gets from our stay there,” said Hood county Republican Party Chairman Randy Shelton. “We will not stay in hotels inside the city...
  • The Fatigue of Supporting Freedom

    05/20/2010 12:56:35 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 286+ views
    Fightin Words ^ | May 20, 2010 | Walter Scott Hudson
    Earlier this month, I hosted the first of what I intend to be regular Tea Party Patriots meetings in my community. One of the roles considered for our newly formed group was monitoring local units of government by organizing volunteers to attend city council meetings, town halls, school board meetings, county commissioner boards, etc. Responding to my report of that meeting, Moorhead City Councilman Luther Stueland left a message worthy of forwarding: I cannot agree more with your comments regarding local government. As a newly elected liberty-minded council member, it is astounding the amount of control local governments can have...
  • Boston: Proud… and Stupid

    05/05/2010 12:20:48 PM PDT · by Stoutcat · 8 replies · 404+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 05-05-10 | Stoutcat
    You sometimes have to wonder about the city of Boston. Here we are in the midst of Marine Week 2010, with our servicemen and women everywhere–in fact the Marine Band has been all over the city, and I’ve been fortunate enough to see them three times in as many days... Sights and sounds that simply swell my being with pride, and choke me with unshed tears. And in the midst of all that, the City of Boston pulls something like this: The Boston City Council today passed a resolution ordering the city to yank any investments in Arizona companies in...
  • DC passes medical marijuana, bill goes to mayor

    05/04/2010 6:01:34 PM PDT · by 198ml · 25 replies · 491+ views
    The D.C. Council has passed a measure to legalize medical marijuana, sending the bill to Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty. Under the measure passed Tuesday, the nation’s capital would join 14 states that allow medical marijuana. Patients with chronic illnesses such as AIDS or cancer could obtain marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. It would be given out at five to eight distribution centers.
  • D.C. City Council Ready to Vote to Protect Illegal Alien Criminals

    05/01/2010 9:14:35 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 17 replies · 489+ views
    "Some D.C. Council members are looking to prevent police from joining a federal fingerprinting program that allows authorities to check the immigration status of people they arrest, officials said Tuesday," according to WJLA. [click on WJLA for full story]
  • D.C. Council bill opposes immigrant fingerprint checks

    04/30/2010 10:10:53 AM PDT · by freespirited · 8 replies · 309+ views
    Examiner ^ | 04/28/10 | Freeman Klopott
    Some D.C. Council members are planning to propose legislation that would prevent police from joining a federal program designed to catch illegal immigrants by matching fingerprints of arrestees against a database, officials said. The District announced it was joining Secure Communities in November, but as the Washington Examiner reported earlier this month, the program has yet to get under way because police say they have run into technical difficulties. Now, Councilmen Jim Graham and Phil Mendelson say they are sponsoring legislation that will prevent the program from ever being implemented. They plan to introduce it May 4. Police Chief Cathy...
  • Lynnwood(Washington)sets height limit on grass: 8 inches

    02/09/2010 5:56:50 PM PST · by MountainLoop · 49 replies · 856+ views
    The Everett Herald ^ | February 9, 2010 | Mina Williams
    LYNNWOOD — Lawns with grass taller than 8 inches are now illegal in this city. Placing the restriction on unsightly yards was one of several steps the City Council took on Monday to tighten up its nuisance ordinance. Provisions also were added to rules governing overnight parking of trucks in residential areas and “mother-in-law” apartments. “It is unfortunate that this ordinance has been tagged as the ‘grass ordinance,’ since there is only a couple of lines in the whole ordinance addressing lawns,” Councilman Loren Simmonds said. “This is not government weighing in on little people. We are simply trying to...
  • Gay Marriage, Marijuana Rx, Obama? Yes, DC Says

    02/08/2010 4:04:58 PM PST · by mgist · 13 replies · 402+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/11/2010 | By Asha Beh
    When it comes to "the progressive, activist social agenda being pursued by the D.C. Council," District residents are on board -- at least in the majority-white areas, according to a Washington Post poll conducted last month.
  • Washington, Gay Marriage and the Catholic Church (Barf and cry at the same time alert)

    01/09/2010 4:57:15 AM PST · by Zakeet · 28 replies · 1,414+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 9, 2010 | Emily Esfahani Smith
    ... The drive for gay marriage is ... forcing unwanted change within the Catholic Church. Last month, Washington D.C.'s City Council passed legislation legalizing gay marriage. Mayor Adrian Fenty, a Democrat, quickly signed the bill. To become law—which could happen as early as March—the legislation must undergo a congressional review period. By passing gay marriage, the City Council has put the Catholic Church, or more accurately, the Archdiocese of Washington, in an awkward position. Either the church will have to recognize gay marriage or it will be forced to abandon a large portion of its charitable programs. That's because the...
  • Jacksonville City Council's 'no' voter not backing down

    12/26/2009 7:37:59 AM PST · by Outside da Box · 15 replies · 1,246+ views
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | 12/26/2009 | Tia Mitchell
    On the surface, it might seem like Jacksonville City Councilman Clay Yarborough is a real-life Grinch. He votes "nay" more often than his 18 other council colleagues, opposing public funding for feel-good initiatives like after-school programs, affordable housing and historic preservation. Most of the time, he's the sole dissenter.
  • D.C. Council passes same-sex marriage bill

    12/15/2009 1:54:42 PM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies · 542+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/15/2009 | David C. Lipscomb
    The D.C. Council on Tuesday passed a same-sex marriage bill on a final vote of 11-2, prompting public witnesses in the Council chambers to erupt into cheers and extended applause. D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray allowed the applause for several seconds, then banged his gavel as the noise subsided and reminded the crowd that demonstrations are not allowed in the chambers. He chuckled as the crowd laughed in response. The bill, which could be signed by the mayor as early as tonight, must go to Congress for a review period of 30 legislative days before it becomes law. "Today...
  • D.C. council votes to legalize same-sex marriage

    12/15/2009 12:38:57 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 24 replies · 1,186+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/15/2009 | n/a
    The Washington City Council voted Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage in the nation's capital. The bill will be given to Mayor Adrian Fenty, who has expressed his support and vowed to sign the bill. If the mayor signs it, Congress will have 30 days to intervene before it would take effect. It is considered unlikely that the Democratic majority on Capitol Hill will block the bill Tuesday's second vote was needed to send the measure to Fenty. The council passed the bill in an 11-2 vote December 1. If the measure becomes law, Washington will join Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and...
  • D.C. Council Overwhelmingly Approves Same-Sex "Marriage" Law

    12/01/2009 11:31:10 AM PST · by GonzoII · 43 replies · 2,200+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Dec 1 2009 | Kathleen Gilbert and Peter Smith
    Tuesday December 1, 2009 D.C. Council Overwhelmingly Approves Same-Sex "Marriage" Law By Kathleen Gilbert and Peter SmithWASHINGTON, DC, December 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - By a lopsided majority, the District of Columbia City Council voted this afternoon to approve legislation that opens the legal definition of marriage to include homosexual couples. The vote went through despite strong protests from the city's religious leaders who said that the law violates individual conscience rights and religious liberty. The "Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009" passed on the first vote by an overwhelming 11-2 margin. The measure was predicted...
  • Kaine, O'Malley Criticize Catholic Church Response to same sex marriage in D.C.

    11/26/2009 6:25:46 PM PST · by HokieMom · 29 replies · 1,476+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 25, 200 | AP
    RICHMOND | The governors of Virginia and Maryland, both Catholics, said Tuesday that it would be wrong for the church to suspend or reduce social services in the nation's capital if the District approves gay marriage. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley criticized the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington's response to the District's gay marriage proposal during a joint appearance on Washington radio station WTOP. The D.C. Council is expected to approve gay marriage next month. The archdiocese says that unless the proposal is amended to add a religious exemption, its Catholic Charities won't be able to continue...
  • DC tells Catholic Church Comply or Bye Bye

    11/13/2009 6:57:33 AM PST · by misharu · 51 replies · 2,218+ views
    Tony Perkins' Washington Update Email | November 12, 2009 | Tony Perkins
    The D.C. City Council took one step closer to allowing same sex "marriages" in the District of Columbia on Tuesday when they voted the legislation out of the Committee on Public Safety & Judiciary. The panel refused to include protections for religious organizations--putting at risk the numerous churches in the region that provide goods and services to the needy who would have to decide between their faith or compliance with the city's commands. One of the largest area provider of relief services, the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, took a stand yesterday, just as their counterparts in Massachusetts's had done in...
  • FReep this poll - Should DC require the Church to follow a law it considers immoral?

    11/15/2009 6:04:29 PM PST · by wide meadow · 55 replies · 2,038+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 13, 2009 | Jodi Westrick
    The D.C. Council is considering a law forbidding discrimination against those in gay marriages. The law would apply to all groups that have contracts with the District, including Catholic Charities, one of the city's largest social services providers. The Archdiocese of Washington says that because of the Church's opposition to same-sex marriage, it would have to suspend its social services to the poor, the homeless and others rather than provide employee benefits to same-sex married couples or allow them to adopt.
  • Ministers, conservatives work for Parker's defeat-Group opposes a lesbian in office

    11/14/2009 3:03:31 AM PST · by trumandogz · 33 replies · 1,080+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 11.14.09 | BRADLEY OLSON
    A cluster of socially conservative Houstonians is planning a campaign to discourage voters from choosing City Controller Annise Parker in the December mayoral runoff because she is a lesbian, according to multiple ministers and conservatives involved in the effort. The group is motivated by concerns about a “gay takeover” of City Hall, given that two other candidates in the five remaining City Council races are also openly gay, as well as national interest driven by the possibility that Houston could become the first major U.S. city to elect an openly gay woman
  • Marriage Movement in Washington, D.C.

    11/11/2009 11:08:02 AM PST · by redreno · 6 replies · 388+ views
    HRC Human Rights Campaign ^ | 11/10/2009 | HRC
    The D.C. Council introduced a marriage equality bill on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009. Public hearings were held on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 and supporters of marriage for same-sex couples significantly outnumbered those who testified against it. The full Council is expected to take an initial vote on Dec. 1 with a final vote by the end of the year.
  • (DC)Mayor uses federal SUVs for recreational purposes

    11/10/2009 8:10:03 PM PST · by greatdefender · 12 replies · 540+ views
    WTOP.com ^ | Nov 10th, 2009 | Mark Segraves
    WASHINGTON - D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's use of government resources to facilitate his recreational activities isn't limited to a police escort while he trains with his bike team. The mayor has used a federal Homeland Security vehicle to transport himself and his bike to at least 14 races in the past two years. The District's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency has two large SUVs, which are detailed to the city from the U.S. Government Services Administration. According to records obtained by WTOP through the Freedom of Information Act, the mayor's Executive Protection Unit has signed out one or both...
  • Blacks vying for all-white Md. council (Greenbelt, PG County, MD)

    10/30/2009 3:17:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies · 965+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/30/2009 | Jeffrey Anderson
    Greenbelt, a city that prides itself on its heritage as a New Deal-era social experiment, is finding its commitment to inclusiveness tested as two black candidates contend for seats on its all-white City Council in Tuesday's elections. Until this year, only two blacks had ever run for the council and none had been elected, even though blacks account for nearly half the 21,000 residents of the 6-square-mile city just outside the Capital Beltway, according to the most recent census estimates. Asians and Hispanics make up 20 percent. The disparity has caught the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union and...
  • Voices for Choice -- D.C.'s school choice movement isn't going down without a fight

    10/27/2009 5:28:47 AM PDT · by ReleaseTheHounds · 11 replies · 533+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 26, 2009 | Mark Hemingway
    Kevin Chavous is an African American and former Democratic city council member from Washington, D.C. He says he’s an Obama supporter, but he is distinctly unhappy with the president. Elections may have consequences, but no one expected that the White House would be so brazenly petty as to allow poor minority children in the nation’s worst school district to become the victims of political score-settling. That’s exactly what happened when the Obama administration killed off the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program several months ago. Of course, if the White House thought that it could pay off the powerful teachers’ unions, and...