California voter on Tuesday approved 61 - 39 percent Proposition 22, which bars California from recognizing marriage rights to lesbians and gay men who are legally married in another state.
Currently, no state allows same-sex marriage. However, since Hawaii raised the possibility of legalizing same-sex marriages in 1993, 31 states have passed banning the recognition of legal marriages in other states.
The campaign Vote NO on Knight organized to defeat the initiative proposed by Sen. Pete Knight that discriminates against lesbians and gay men. They were joined by The League of Women Voters, the California Interfaith Alliance and the California Teachers Association in opposition to Prop 22. Vote NO on Knight was endorsed by Vice President Al Gore, Senator Bill Bradley, Senators Boxer and Feinstein, and Republican Congressman Tom Campbell.
Media Resources: The Associated Press - March 8, 2000, and Vote NO on Knight
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. . . .