To know : Representatives in Sudan and South Sudan signed an agreement calling for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Abyei after months of violence in the region. Former Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife Leila have been sentenced to thirty years in jail for theft in absentia in a Tunisian court. And forty-four passengers are confirmed dead in the crash of a Russian plane late Monday evening.
Keith Olbermann delivered a Special Comment on his Thursday show, fervently expressing his hope that gay marriage will be legalized across the country. It's at least the second such Special Comment Olbermann has made on the subject; inhe gave a highly emotional monologue in the wake of the Prop. Olbermann repeated some of his words from that segment in his Thursday comment.
Event organizer Victor Rollins said he received death threats on his Facebook page after posting pictures Sunday of event attendees holding gay pride flags along with Bahamian flags on a beach. Jim Douglas says he was acting on conscience in when he vetoed a same-sex marriage law that had been passed by the state Legislature. In a frank new memoir being released Wednesday, the year-old Douglas said that he had no objection to same-sex couples forming relationships and that he and his wife Dorothy have gay friends.
Finally tonight as promised, a Special Comment on the passage, last week, of Proposition Eight in California, which rescinded the right of same-sex couples to marry, and tilted the balance on this issue, from coast to coast. Some parameters, as preface. This isn't about yelling, and this isn't about politics, and this isn't really just about Prop And I don't have a personal investment in this: I'm not gay, I had to strain to think of one member of even my very extended family who is, I have no personal stories of close friends or colleagues fighting the prejudice that still pervades their lives.
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Here is the opening paragraph of their conclusion emphasis in original :. Last month, in a widely publicized tragedy, a young Rutgers student jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after being outed on the Internet as gay. A few days later, across the Hudson River in the Bronx, two year-old young men were beaten and tortured to the brink of death by a gang of nine because they were suspected of being gay.
Keith Olbermann returned to cable television on Monday mad as hell and pointedly madder than other self-described liberal anchors on his former channel, MSNBC. Olbermann told viewers on his new channel, Current TV. Current TV, a small, earnest network co-founded by Al Gore infavors civic-minded programs and averages about 50, viewers during prime time.
April 20, Mixing a beauty pageant with politics is a recipe for disaster. You could make a strong case for it, anyway.