Archive for July 15th, 2006

Quote of the Day

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

“For them, every dead [Israeli] civilian, every dead child, is a cause for celebration. For us, every dead civilian is a tragedy. That’s the difference between us and them…”

-Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Dan Gillerman

Nebraska’s ‘Too Broad’ Marriage Amendment Ruled Constitutional

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

Traditional marriage seems to be the will of the majority of people, at least in the Mid-West. The court seems to see it the same way.

(AgapePress) – A federal court of appeals has overturned a lower-court decision and reinstated Nebraska’s ban on homosexual “marriage” almost six years after the referendum on the constitutional amendment was passed overwhelmingly by the state’s voters. The amendment had been challenged by pro-homosexual legal groups that claimed the ban was too broad.
Seventy percent of Nebraska voters approved the constitutional amendment in 2000. That amendment reads: “Only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Nebraska. The uniting of two persons of the same sex in a civil union, domestic partnership, or other similar same-sex relationship shall not be valid or recognized in Nebraska.”
But the ACLU’s Lesbian and Gay Project, in conjunction with the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, filed a lawsuit against the ban, saying it was too broad and deprived homosexuals of participation in the political process. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, however, had argued the ban did not violate anyone’s freedom of expression or association.
Today (July 14) the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, whose jurisdiction includes Nebraska, disagreed with the ACLU’s and Lambda’s argument, applying what is called a “rational basis” review. The amendment, stated the court, “and other laws limiting the state-recognized institution of marriage to heterosexual couples are rationally related to legitimate state interests ….” Therefore, added the court, such laws, including the voter-approved amendment, “do not violate the Constitution of the United States.” (Read the court’s ruling) [PDF]
The ruling is a resounding victory for traditional marriage, says the chief counsel for the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy (CLP) — and for the people of Nebraska, he adds. “The Eighth Circuit has resoundingly affirmed the will of the people of the state of Nebraska,” says attorney Steve Crampton. The court took note of the “large majority” of voters who approved the ban. The CLP had authored an amicus brief in the case.

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Poll: Palestinians back Shalit abduction

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

I think this shows one of two things:
1. The mentality of the pali popukation.
2. They may just be getting what they deserve.

An overwhelming majority of Palestinians support the abduction of IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit and the firing of rockets at Israel, according to a public opinion poll published on Sunday by the Jerusalem Media Communications Center.
The poll, which was conducted shortly after the kidnapping, also showed that 70 percent of Palestinians believe that Hamas should not release Shalit until Israel agrees to free Palestinian prisoners.
The poll covered 1,197 people over age 18 and was held on the basis of face-to-face interviews. More than half of those polled were from the Gaza Strip, where Shalit is being held.
A majority of the respondents, 77.2%, expressed support for the Hamas operation that included the abduction of Shalit, while only 21.7% said they opposed it.
Also, a majority of 66.8% supported the continuation of such attacks aimed at kidnapping Israeli soldiers, compared with 30.7% who rejected them, saying they were harmful to Palestinian national interests.
Significantly, this high support for the abduction comes in spite of the fact that the majority of respondents – 46.7% – expect the crisis to end with losses incurred by the Palestinian side. Moreover, over 60.4% voiced support for the launching of rockets at Israel, while only 36% found them harmful to Palestinian interests.
The poll also found that support for Hamas has increased despite international sanctions and the growing violence. If elections were held today, the percentage of Palestinians who would vote for the party would rise slightly, from 30.8% in June 2006 to 33.1%.
Support for Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party dropped from 33% to 32%, according to the poll.

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