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
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .