YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: Uganda’s shame; New Mexico’s gain; Textgate blame; the sky is falling. CUT THE WORLD!
OH, SO THE KINDER, GENTLER UGANDAN GOVERNMENT – WITH THE HELP OF U.S. HATE GROUPS – HAS OFFICIALLY MADE HOMOSEXUALITY PUNISHABLE BY LIFE IMPRISONMENT, NOT DEATH. ALSO, NO MINISKIRTS! FUCK THE WORLD: “The private member’s bill originally proposed the death penalty for some offences, such as if a minor was involved or the perpetrator was HIV-positive, but this has been replaced with life in prison. The MP behind the bill, David Bahati, told the AFP news agency: ‘This is victory for Uganda. I am glad the parliament has voted against evil.’ ‘Because we are a God-fearing nation, we value life in a holistic way. It is because of those values that members of parliament passed this bill regardless of what the outside world thinks,’ he said. The bill also bans the promotion of homosexuality. ‘I am officially illegal,’ Ugandan gay activist Frank Mugisha said after the vote. The bill’s supporters say it is needed to protect traditional family values, which they say are under attack from Western-inspired gay rights groups.Its critics say the bill has been pushed by some US evangelical Christians.” (via BBC)
CUT THE WORLD, SERIOUSLY:
EXCEPT, OF COURSE, NEW MEXICO! HAPPY SWEET 17, EQUALITY ENTHUSIASTS! YOU’RE ALMOST LEGAL: “In a written opinion, the court’s five justices agreed that marriage rights for same-sex couples are guaranteed under the equal-protection clause of the New Mexico Constitution, amended in 1972 to state that ‘equality of rights under law shall not be denied on account of the sex of any person.’ Justices weighed this amendment against the opposition’s argument that prohibiting same-sex marriage was necessary to protect the government’s ‘overriding interest of responsible procreation and childrearing.’ The justices said in their opinion that such interest played no role in the development of the state’s marriage regulations. Its purpose, they contended, is to ‘bring stability and order to the legal relationship of committed couples’ by defining their responsibilities to one another, their children if they choose to have them, and to their property. ‘Procreation,’ wrote Justice Edward L. Chavez, author of the opinion, ‘has never been a condition of marriage under New Mexico law, as evidenced by the fact that the aged, the infertile and those who choose not to have children are not precluded from marrying.’” (via New York Times)
SORRY/NOTSORRY TEXTGATE MEDIATION STARTS TODAY. AS DOES, CONSEQUENTLY, TERESA JACOBS’ STRUGGLE TO RETAIN POLITICAL CREDIBILITY: “A mediation hearing set for Thursday marks the first time that the officials accused of losing or destroying public records in a ballot referendum fight last year have agreed to sit down and discuss a potential deal.At stake for the officials involved is a growing personal legal tab and potential further political embarrassment. For taxpayers, another bill to repay tens of thousands of dollars in plaintiffs’ legal costs could come from a settlement. The civil suit was filed in late 2012 by Citizens for a Greater Orange County, a coalition of groups that led the fight for a paid-sick-time referendum opposed by county officials and local tourism interests last year. A vote by Orange County commissioner to keep that measure off the 2012 ballot prompted a judicial panel in February to rule that the board had violated the county charter.” (via Orlando Sentinel)
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE COLLAPSING THEATER IN THE NIGHTTIME. IF YOU LOVED THE BOOK, YOU’LL HATE THE PLAY. SERIOUSLY, THOUGH: YIKES!: The Society of London Theater said every theater undergoes ‘rigorous safety checks and inspections by independent experts,” pointing to the fact that “incidents like last night are extremely rare.’ The pre-Christmas holiday season is one of the busiest times of years for London’s theaters. The production of Curious Incident, adapted from Mark Haddon’s 2003 novel about a 15-year-old mathematician with Asperger syndrome, is also among the most popular plays currently running in the West End. It transferred to the Apollo from the National Theatre, in April winning seven Olivier Awards, the U.K.’s top theater honors. One insider told The Hollywood Reporter that the last thing theater owners want are empty houses, if the fear factor from last night’s incident spreads and keeps people away. The Society has reacted quickly to allay any such fears, noting that at a meeting on Friday ‘all the major theater owners have confirmed that their safety inspections and certificates are up to date, and will cooperate fully with the authorities to reassure the public that their theaters are safe.’” (via The Hollywood Reporter)
ANNNNND, ON A MUCH LIGHTER NOTE! HAPPY WEEKEND: