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
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell as out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of two heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .