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Upstate NY town clerk says she won’t sign same-sex marriage licenses

Though New York state’s passage of marriage equality for same-sex couples has been hailed across the country and around the world, there’s at least one person who is in a decidedly non-celebratory mood: Barbara MacEwen, town clerk of the rural upstate Volney, NY. MacEwen has said that she will refuse…

Democrat Kathy Hochul wins NY congressional race

BUFFALO, New York (Reuters) – Democrat Kathy Hochul scored an upset and won a special election to represent New York’s 26th congressional district on Tuesday, defeating Republican Jane Corwin. Hochul, the Erie County clerk, declared victory in the conservative upstate district with just over 70 percent of the vote tallied.…

California city plans mass production of medical marijuana

California city Oakland has approved draft legislation moving it a step closer to legalizing the large-scale production of medical marijuana, a city council clerk said on Wednesday. “The proposition passed the first reading at the city council by five yes, two nos and one abstention,” said Crystal Bing, legislator recorder…

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