The Supreme Court just handed down the decision that Doma is unconstitutional and equal marriage rights will be returning to the State Of California.
So straight people, gay people, baby blue people can be married again.
DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment. DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled ot recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty. The opinion and its holding are confined to those lawful marriages … The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity. By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others … DOMA has been struck down. Opinion is by Justice Kennedy, joined by the four liberal Justices — Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.
This will only impact California. The proponents of Prop 8 did not have the right to be represented in court.
Our prayers go out to his family and fans.......
"It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing,'' the Steinbrenner family said in a prepared statement. "He passed away this morning in Tampa, Fla., at age 80."
"He was an incredible and charitable man," his family said in a statement. "First and foremost he was devoted to his entire family — his beloved wife, Joan; his sisters, Susan Norpell and Judy Kamm; his children, Hank, Jennifer, Jessica and Hal; and all of his grandchildren."
Sources say he had a heart attack at his Tampa, Florida home Monday night and passed shortly after.
Steinbrenner was known for his controversial ways. He was the proud owner of the New York Yankees but embraced his reputation as a philanthropist in the Tampa Bay area.
For now, we are going to take a break from norm. This is not a story of Glamorous Hollywood, movie stars, or anything related to the celebrity world. This is a story about real people and their need for help.
A family friend of the Doctors, recently sent out a message to all friends on Myspace and Facebook asking for prayers for her nephew Trent. I had heard about little Trent and that he was having some issues, but I did not know the extent.
Trenton Burdett is a sweet, beautiful, lively, cuddly 3 year old little boy with a loving, close-knit family that loves him more than words can describe. Trent was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in February of this year. The family was informed that he would have to undergo Chemotherapy for the next 2 and a half years. We all know how awful Chemo can be and what kind of toll it takes on you. But for a 3 year old boy to have to deal with that its just not fair.
All of us, at one time or another, have gone to the tanning salon in search of that glowing tan that most of us long for. You know, thinking it was safer that toasting your self under the sun's rays, fearing you will get home and find a black dot! Oh no, it can't be!!
Well kids, keep your money in your pocket, hit the beach and get that tan naturally. The risk is slightly less that those damn tanning beds.
Experts say tanning beds increase the risk of cancer. The International Agency for Research (IARC) announced that it is now fact. Until now, the committee of experts who advise the World Health Organization had not confirmed a link between tanning beds, sunlamps, and cancer. The group made the decision after reviewing studies that showed teens and young adults who used tanning beds increased their risk of developing
melanoma by a whopping seventy-five percent.
It's not the great outdoors, but the Pittsburgh Zoo's International Conservation Center provides 724 rolling rural acres that appears to be just what Bette and Kallie, two African Elephants have been looking for.
The elephants arrived at the former commercial wild-game hunting reserve July 8 after the Philadelphia Zoo closed its elephant exhibit. They walked outside for the first time, tearing into some grass and rearranging lots of trees. They roamed around the 3.5-acre paddock, fenced in by cement-anchored, 10-foot-tall steel I-beams, and heavy braided wire similar to those used on suspension bridges.
They seem very happy, and the zoo keepers are most certain this was the right move for these amazing animals! So if they are happy, I'm happy.