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New York governor signs same-sex marriage into law

NEW YORK (AFP) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill legalizing gay marriage, delivering a powerful victory for gay rights advocates in one of the most populous and influential states of the union. Gay rights activists chanted and danced in the streets of New York…

Same-sex marriage passes in New York State

Shortly before 10 pm on June 24, 2011, with the passage of a crucial amendment by a vote of 36 to 26, it became clear that a majority of the New York State Senate was going to approve same-sex marriage. The final tally for the bill itself was 33 to…

New York expected to vote on same sex marriage bill

NEW YORK — The New York senate prepared to vote on a gay marriage law Thursday, after amending the state assembly-approved bill at the request of Republican officials, said a legislative source. If the vote takes place, it will happen at about the the same time that President Barack Obama…

New bill ending federal ban on marijuana to be introduced in Congress

Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX) will introduce legislation on Thursday to the U.S. House of Representatives that ends the federal prohibition on marijuana. The Oakland Tribute reported that the bill would limit the federal government to enforcing cross-border or inter-state smuggling laws, and allow people to grow, possess, use or…

Bill would approve US role in Libya retroactively

WASHINGTON — Two top US senators on Tuesday introduced a bill that would retroactively support America’s military role in Libya, amid a raging debate over whether President Barack Obama flouted the law by not getting prior congressional approval. “I believe we will find a strong, bipartisan majority that is in…

Same-sex marriage goes down to legislative wire in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Supporters and opponents of gay marriage made 11th-hour appeals on Sunday as state lawmakers weighed a vote on making New York the sixth state — and the most populous — to legalize same-sex marriage. The measure that would make gay marriage legal, introduced by Governor Andrew…

Cell phone privacy bill introduced in the Senate

WASHINGTON — US senators introduced bills on Wednesday aimed at protecting the privacy of mobile phone users and safeguarding personal information of consumers stored online. The Location Privacy Protection Act would require companies like Apple and Google and applications developers to obtain express consent from mobile users before sharing information…

Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstates law stripping public workers of collective bargaining rights

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget repair bill” after a Dane County judge blocked the law from being implemented in May. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the state’s Supreme Court ruled that a Senate committee did not violate Wisconsin’s open meetings law when…

North Carolina House Speaker guts education budget, then says teachers don’t care about kids

Republican North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis was instrumental in cutting more than $100 million from the state’s education budget, but now claims it’s the state’s teachers who are negatively affecting students. At the North Carolina GOP convention, Tillis defended a recently passed controversial bill that will make it more…

Republicans question Obama’s right to intervene in Libya

WASHINGTON — US Republican lawmakers on Wednesday questioned President Barack Obama’s ability to conduct military action in Libya because his 60-day congressional authority expired last week. “We are at war in Libya,” Republican Representative Justin Amash told a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the subject. “Either Congress must authorize…

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