ClassNK announced the release of the latest versions of its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. These versions include all amendments dated May 17, 2013.
Australian former PM Kevin Rudd, who opposed a 2009 amendment while in office that would have paved the way for marriage equality, declared today that he has changed his mind in a lengthy post on his blog. Said Rudd, in...
There’s a conspiracy theory doing the rounds in Westminster that the ‘wrecking amendment’ for the gay marriage bill is a nifty way of the government dropping the legislation because it… Continue reading The post Will civil partnerships kill the gay marriage bill? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
David Cameron's marriage equality legislation faces a challenging series of votes in parliament today, the Guardian reports, the primary one coming from an amendment by Tory opponents to grant civil partnerships to heterosexual couples: Maria Miller, the equalities minister, has...
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is back before Parliament today for the “Report Stage”. The latest version of the Bill is here, updated explanatory notes here, and the full list of proposed amendments here. Predictably, the amendments are the focus of much controversy. I have written a new article for the New Statesman on some of the myths and realities surrounding […]
It's a measure of just how messy and convoluted the gay marriage debate has become that opponents of same-sex marriage will tonight vote for an amendment supported by Peter Tatchell. I thought Tatchell might back away from his support for heterosexual civil partnerships, given that it's inspired a "wrecking amendment" – but I should have [...]
Why are Labour playing games with gay marriage? This morning this paper quotes Labour sources who are claiming “many Labour MPs” are preparing to support plans from rebel Tory MPs for a “wrecking amendment” to the same-sex marriage bill. The amendment, tabled by former children’s minister Tim Loughton, would extend civil partnerships to heterosexual couples, [...]
The final stages of the Same Sex marriage bill in the House of Commons were never going to be easy, but it is still an odd situation when the minister… Continue reading The post Maria Miller on defensive against gay marriage ‘wrecking amendment’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
If you don’t work in policy or the pro-life movement, or if you’re not particularly passionate about the issue of abortion, you may never have heard of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions (with the usual exceptions of cases of rape or incest or where a mother’s life is [...]
Gun control supporter Bill Maher admitted he owns guns for personal protection even though he thinks the Second Amendment is “bullsht.” On the HBO Real Time episode on Friday (see embed below), Maher criticized the failed Manchin-Toomey expanded background checks bill because it prohibited a national gun registry. “ … Of course we need a gun [...]Show More Summary
Showing his disdain for NRA members, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas mocked those who attended the NRA Convention in Houston earlier this month and said today's defenders of the Second Amendment were not people the country's founders had in mind when ratifying the Constitution. Show More Summary
(David Kopel) On Friday, May 17, fifty-four Colorado Sheriffs filed a civil rights lawsuit in Federal District Court in Denver, against two anti-gun bills passed by the Colorado legislature in March. Joining the Sheriffs as Plaintiffs...Show More Summary
Bill Maher on Friday once again exposed himself as a total hypocrite. Minutes after telling his HBO Real Time panel "the Second Amendment is bulls--t," he admitted having two firearms in his house - "one upstairs and one down" - claiming, "As long as we live in the gun country, I ain’t giving up my gun" (video follows with transcript and commentary): read more
Nice to know that some in law enforcement will not bow to the pressure and will support the 2nd Amendment Rights of law abiding citizens (Fox News) Colorado sheriffs upset with gun restrictions adopted in the aftermath of last year’s...Show More Summary
Remember, at this time last year the Marriage and Voter Restriction Amendments both led in the polls, and by leads that certain would-be Serious Thinkers thought insurmountable. But pilgrims like Sally Jo Sorensen ignored the Serious Thinkers and won the day.
The Senate of Puerto Rico passed an LGBT anti-discrimination bill on Thursday on a vote of 15-11. The bill (PS-238) would amend Puerto Rico’s existing anti-discrimination laws, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the classes already protected against discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and government services.
(Orin Kerr) I’ve blogged a few times about the substantial lower court division on whether the police can search a seized cell phone incident to arrest without a warrant under the Fourth Amendment. Today the First Circuit further deepened the split in United States v. Wurie by holding that a warrant is required. With Wurie today and [...]
A new poll shows Virginia voters may be ready to support legalizing same-sex marriage after a 2006 vote that ratified a constitutional amendment defining marriage as “between one man and one woman.” The poll, conducted by The Washington Post, saw a 13% increase in “acceptance of gay marriage” since 2006, and more specifically, a 25% [...]
Arizona’s Jeff Flake is rewriting history. Flake used his vote for a watered-down amendment offered by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to argue that he voted to expand background checks. In reality, the amendment would do little to expand background checks and in fact would weaken gun safety laws. Flake made the comments in response to [...]
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) will soon push an amendment to the upcoming farm bill that would reveal the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act.” The act was a rider attached anonymously to a spending bill that sailed easily through Congress in March. The legislation allows Monsanto and other companies to continue selling genetically modified seeds, even if [...]Show More Summary