Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Obama Signs Hate Crimes Legislation

by Peter J. Smith,

President Barack Obama has now signed into law a controversial "hate crimes" bill that authorizes the federal government to intervene in violent crimes that appear motivated by hatred of homosexuals and apply stiffer penalties and sentences.

Opponents of the hate crimes legislation have charged that the bill violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution by making an individual's thought regarding certain groups as much a factor as the nature of his act in prosecuting a crime.

The US Commissioners on Civil Rights wrote letters to US House and Senate leaders condemning the legislation, saying they "regard the broad federalization of crime as a menace to civil liberties." The commissioners also pointed out that the law creates a legal loophole to the Constitution's prohibitions to double jeopardy, because it allows the federal government to try an individual who has already been acquitted in a state trial, for the same crime.

Read the full story here.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Gay Agenda Bills

From Beetle Blogger:

"After a long midnight session with legislators, Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed SB 572 legislation that appoints May 22 as “Harvey Milk Day” in California public schools AND and SB 54 that recognizes same-sex marriages performed out of state.

The signing of these two bills is a slap in the face to voters who have consistently rejected same sex marriage and pushing homosexuality in schools."

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Illinois State Senate to Consider "Equal Marriage Act"

A similar bill has already been introduced in the Illinois House.

And there is a helpful article here summarizing all of the legal activity
on "gay marriage" so far in 2009.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Texas Judge Rules Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

The ruling came in a gay divorce case, but will this help to open the door for gay marriage proponents?

Read the story here.