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News Links Mar. 25th, 2004 10:08 am
[MF] E-books finally mature:

[MF] Georgia outlaws (specific classes of) piercings (Not 100% worksafe)

[Guardian] EU shows more balls than US against corporations
[C|net] and US politicians show who they really represent

[Guardian] "Politics is on the verge of becoming a minority interest"

[Guardian] Bush, in his state of the union address in January, used a form of the word "terror" more than 20 times, exceeded in frequency only by the word "I" (more than 30). Judging by his rhetoric so far in this election year, he intends to make terror his by-word.
(and I'll add, as I always do, that "Terrorism" was originally conceived as a form of government)

Oh and one more from the "don't they *read* their own headlines?" file:
[BBC] Report calling for more fish cuts

U.S. county bans all marriages

From: mageboltrat
Date: March 25th, 2004 - 02:49 am (Link)
Thought this article from weird_news might interest you

U.S. county bans all marriages
By Teresa Carson

PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - In a new twist in the battle over same-sex marriage roiling the United States, a county in Oregon has banned all marriages -- gay and heterosexual -- until the state decides who can and who cannot wed.

The last marriage licences were handed out in Benton County at 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday. As of Wednesday, officials in the county of 79,000 people will begin telling couples applying for licenses to go elsewhere until the gay marriage debate is settled.

"It may seem odd," Benton County Commissioner Linda Modrell told Reuters in a telephone interview, but "we need to treat everyone in our county equally."

State Attorney General Hardy Myers said in a statement that he was "very pleased" with Benton County's decision. "It is my sincere hope that legal process will provide clarity for each of Oregon's counties."

The three County commissioners had originally decided to start handing out gay marriage licenses this week but on Monday reversed that decision amid a growing firestorm of lawsuits across the country, and decided instead to put a temporary halt to all marriages.

Rebekah Kassell, a spokeswoman for Basic Rights Oregon, a pro-gay marriage group, told Reuters; "It is certainly a different way for county commissioners to respect their constitutional obligation to apply the law equally to everyone.
"We appreciate that they are willing to say they are not going to participate in discrimination."


Tim Nashif, the spokesman for the Defence of Marriage Coalition, said; "Oregon not only has the only county in the nation issuing illegal (same-sex) marriage licenses, we probably have the only county in the nation refusing to issue marriage licenses at all."

"We are happy Benton County is not going to violate the law by issuing illegal marriage licenses, but we are perplexed as to why they would not issue legal licenses," he added.

Benton County, whose county seat is Corvallis, is home to Oregon State University and is seen as a bastion of liberalism.

Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union said it would file a lawsuit on Wednesday against Oregon or an unnamed state entity over the state's failure to register the more than 2,550 marriage licenses issued by Portland's Multnomah County to gay couples since March 3.

Multnomah County, the state's most populous, is the only jurisdiction in the United States that continues to issue same-sex marriage licences. Local governments from San Francisco to New Paltz, New York, have halted the practice amid lawsuits and protests.

In New Mexico, a judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order to stop a Sandoval County clerk from issuing more marriage certificates to gay and lesbian couples.

Victoria Dunlap, the clerk for the county to the southwest of Santa Fe, issued 66 marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples on February 20th before the state's attorney general issued a statement declaring the marriages invalid.

The temporary injunction will be in effect until a state district judge can hear the case on the subject. The case is scheduled to be heard on April 2nd.

Re: U.S. county bans all marriages

From: wechsler
Date: March 25th, 2004 - 02:52 am (Link)
Saw that, thanks - but a link would suffice.

Re: U.S. county bans all marriages

From: mageboltrat
Date: March 25th, 2004 - 02:54 am (Link)
unfortunatly didn't have link to original site, just the lj post which has about 6 news stories on it.
From: otterylexa
Date: March 25th, 2004 - 03:15 am (Link)
What Georgia was trying to do is good, shame they fucked up...