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California Legislature Approves Historic Civil Rights Bill Recognizing Same-sex Marriage

On Tuesday, September 6, 2005, California lawmakers became the first in the United States to approve a bill recognizing same-sex marriages. Assembly Bill (AB) 849, “The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act,” authored by California Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) passed 41-35. The California Senate approved it 21-15 last week. The bill, which makes the law defining marriage gender-neutral ... Read More »

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist Dies of Cancer at Age 80

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, the 16th chief justice of the Supreme Court, died of cancer on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005 in his Arlington home. A widower since his wife’s death in 1991, he was surrounded by his three children when he passed. The Chief Justice, who was named to the Supreme Court by President Richard M. Nixon in 1971, ... Read More »

Marc Emery: Drug Kingpin or Political Prisoner?

In an August 5, 2005, article for the Seattle Post Intelligencer, columnist Joel Connely quoted D.E.A. administrator Karen Tandy on the arrest of Canadian marijuana activist Marc Emery: “Today’s arrest of Mark (sic) Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine and the founder of a marijuana legalization group, is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in ... Read More »

Blogcritics.org Reaches 10 Million Unique Visitors Mark

Congratulations to Blogcritics.org upon reaching the 10 million unique visitors mark, just before their third anniversary (August 12, 2005). For those not familiar with Blogcritics.org, whose tagline is, “A sinister cabal of superior bloggers on music, books, film, popular culture, technology, and politics,” it is a large group blog (1058 authors) that is also a news service that is also ... Read More »