A proposed state ban on lesbian and gay marriages in California would affect nearly 150,000 children living with lesbian and gay couples or single parents.
According to a study by Michael Wald, Stanford University law professor, those children might feel ostracized by society if their parents' marriages were not considered valid. Wald specializes in the effect of public policies on children.
"By all reports, these families are doing very well," said Wald. He also indicated that studies show children of lesbian and gay parents do well in school and are well-adjusted, but frequently face intolerance.
Proposition 22 would allow California to recognize marriages only with a woman and a man. Voters will decide on this issue in March.
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. . . .