Austin, TX, Approves Resolution Supporting Same-Sex Marriage
Yesterday, the City Council of Austin, Texas, passed a resolution supporting same-sex marriage. While the resolution is not a law, the city council's unanimous vote to officially support marriage equality is the first in the state.
Marriage equality activists hope that the council's decision can lead to more action in the struggle to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. In 2005, Texas voters approved an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Despite many legal battles in 2009, the law is still in effect in Texas today.
Media Resources: KXAN 9/27/12; ThinkProgress 9/27/12
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .