On July twenty-ninth the House voted to withhold funds that would be used to enforce San Francisco’s new law, which requires companies that do business with the city to offer health and other benefits to same-sex domestic partners. Rep. Frank Riggs, R-California, sponsored and defended the amendment saying, “We should not force or coerce private business to adopt policies they find morally objectionable.” However, the San Francisco Ordinance does not force companies to do anything. It simply allows the city to deny business from companies it finds morally objectionable.
While Riggs spoke passionately on behalf of his amendment he did not have as many vocal supporters as did the opposition. The amendment was passed quietly and shamefully.
7/29/2014 Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US - The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation (FGM) to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk, and how many have already experienced, FGM.
According to experts, FGM tends to take place during summer break when parents take their daughter outside of the country for the practice.
Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old woman who grew up in Gambia, experienced FGM there, and then child marriage in the US, started a petition that gained more than 220,000 supporters. . . .